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Lecture 1 Course Outline Central problem in Development Terms Cellular mechanisms of determination
Objectives Lectures: application of genetic analysis to problems in development. Emphasis on problem solving as opposed to rote memorization. Labs: Illustration of some basic techniques used in Developmental genetics. Lab report written in the format of a scientific paper.
Jan 12 Lecture 1 Introduction to developmental genetics Jan 19 Lecture 2 Introduction to genetic dissection: screens, complementation and epistasis. Jan 26 Lecture 3 Drosophila cell biology Feb 2 Lecture 4 Modern Drosophila genetics Feb 9 Lecture 5 Anterior posterior axis formation Feb 16 Lecture 6 Anterior posterior axis formation continued Feb 23 SLACK WEEK March 1 Lecture 7 Morphogens March 8 Lecture 8 Nuclear gradients and the habits of developmental signaling pathways March 15 Lecture 9 Short course on C. elegans cell biology and genetic analysis. March 22 Lecture 10 Lateral inhibition—emergent properties in development March 29 Lecture 11 Short course on Evolution and Development. April 5 Lecture 12 Experimental approaches to Evo Devo. Paper due. Schedule of Lectures
Date for the Midterm examination Monday February 27, 2012 This is the Monday right after slack week 7-10PM. This midterm will cover material up to Lecture 6 Anterior Posterior axis.
The course web site can be found at instruct.uwo.ca/biology/4540g This web site contains all the information you need for this course. Consult it. Explore it.
Jan 9/10 NO LAB Jan 16/17 Lab 1 Preparation of first instar larval cuticles (test) Jan 23/24 Lab 2 Ectopic expression of Fushi tarazu (come in the day before). Fixation of embryos for Labs 3&4 (test) Jan 30/31 Lab 3 Engrailed antibody staining (long lab) (test) Feb 6/7 Lab 4 Wingless in situ hybridization (come in the day before; long lab) (test) Feb 13/14 Lab 5 Beta-galactosidase staining for assaying ftz enhancer activity. (test) NO MORE LABS Schedule of the Labs and in class tests
Jan 9/10 NO LAB Jan 16/17 Lab 1 Preparation of first instar larval cuticles Jan 23/24 Lab 2 Ectopic expression of Fushi tarazu (come in the day before). Fixation of embryos for Labs 3&4 Jan 30/31 Lab 3 Engrailed antibody staining (long lab) Feb 6/7 Lab 4 Wingless in situ hybridization (come in the day before; long lab) Feb 13/14 Lab 5 Beta-galactosidase staining for assaying ftz enhancer activity. NO MORE LABS Long labs
The lab test on the readings Why am I doing this to you? In the past I expected students to read the papers on their own before coming to the lab. Over the years it become clear that this was not occurring. Reading in the first half of the term saves a lot of pain later. Since I know this, I am being a pain now.
Format of the test on the readings You will have 5 minutes to answer one question at the beginning of the lab. The question asked will be different on Monday and Tuesday.
This and the next lecture will focus on definition of the terms and basic genetic concepts used in Developmental genetics.
The central problem in Development “How is the information stored in linear DNA transformed over time into a three dimensional multicellular organism?”
From this perspective the problem seems limitless. However, the size of the genome provides a limit on the problem because all information required for hand development is somehow encoded in the genome.
Example of pattern formation You distinguish an arm from a leg by its shape and not by what it is made up of which is basically the same stuff: bone, muscle, nerves etc.. This is an abstract ability, because shape is a quality defined only by what it is.
Cellular mechanisms of determination Intrinsic Extrinsic
mRNA protein Anterior Posterior Example of an intrinsic mechanism: Assymetric determinant Bicoid mRNA and protein are assymetrically localized in the cell.
Extrinsic mechanisms A) Lateral inhibition B) Induction
Lateral inhibition during neurogenesis in Drosophila. Example of an emergent property because before the process starts you can not tell which cell will be neurogenic and which will be epithelial.
Delta ligand Notch receptor Start off with identical levels of expression in two cells.
Delta ligand Notch receptor Start off with identical levels of expression in two cells. No Net signal
Due to a stochastic (random, chance) event one cell expresses more Delta ligand than the other. The net signal is in this direction. The activation of Notch receptor results in decreased Delta expression. Dl
When Notch or Delta are absent, the ectoderm cells become neurogenic. The cell that becomes the neuroblast inhibits the surrounding cells from this fate, and telling them to become epithelial cells instead. Lateral inhibition. NeuroblastEpithelial Notch Neuroblast Epithelial
Induction 1 2 A cell or group of cells removed from a second cell that directs the developmental fate of a second cell or group of cells.
Example of induction Anchor cell-gonad signals Epidermis Vulva