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V. Organizing Power and Axis Formation A.Background Information B. Invertebrates 1.Sea Urchins 2.Snails 3.Tunicates 4.C. Elegans 5.Drosophila melanogaster.

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1 V. Organizing Power and Axis Formation A.Background Information B. Invertebrates 1.Sea Urchins 2.Snails 3.Tunicates 4.C. Elegans 5.Drosophila melanogaster C. Vertebrates 1.The Frog 2.Zebrafish 3.The Chick Embryo 4.Mammals

2 Part of these processes is the determination of axes in the organism –The first few cleavages may produce little or no directionality to the embryo –It starts at varying stages in various animals and can result from different mechanisms

3 Remember our primary axes....

4 Figure 5.8 Fate map and cell lineage of the sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus

5 Step 1: Specification of Micromeres disheveled expression blocks B-catenin degradation egg Two Big Changes: Specified to become skeletogenic mesenchyme Specified to become “Organizer” for other cells

6  -catenin’s job NML ALL All endo and meso NONE All ecto

7 Step 2: “Organizing Power” Secrete Wnt-8 into autocrine loop Wnt-8  Blimp-1  B-catenin  Wnt-8 Paracrine “early signal” induces macromeres and vegetal cells to differentiate to vegetal endoderm –Unknown signal as of yet Delta-Notch juxtacrine signal induces non-skeletogenic mesenchyme Wnt-8 makes a come-back to induce invagination

8 Axis Determination Anterior-Posterior: Cytoplasmic determinants in the egg cytosol, such as disheveled and B-catenin Left-Right: Nodal expression (TGF-B family member) Dorsal-Ventral: unclear

9 Spiral cleavage in molluscs The spirally cleaving mollusks have a strong autonomous specification from cytoplasmic determinants in egg.

10 Step 1: Polar lobe formation The polar lobe is a cytoplasm outpouching from the egg prior to cleavage It isolates critical determinants into only one of the first cell pair. TF’s associated with the lobe turn CD into “The Organizer”

11 Figure 5.27 Association of decapentaplegic (dpp) mRNA with specific centrosomes of Ilyanassa Decapentaplegic is TGF-B family member used to induce specific cell fates secreted by the Organizer The Organizer induces mesodermal and endodermal fates in cells that would otherwise remain ectodermal

12 MAP kinase activity activated by D-quadrant snail blastomeres

13 Figure 5.30 MAP kinase activity activated by D-quadrant snail blastomeres (Part 2) NormalMAPK Blocked

14 Axis Determination Anterior-Posterior: Cytoplasmic determinants in the lobe Left-Right: Nodal expression (TGF-B family member) Dorsal-Ventral: Cytoplasmic determinants in the lobe

15 Bilateral, Holoblastic Cleavage of the Tunicate The 8-cell embryo is already autonomously specified for cell fates

16 Figure 5.35 Cytoplasmic rearrangement in the fertilized egg of Styela partita Fertilization rearranges cytoplasmic determinants 1. Animal pole cytosol determines ectoderm 2. B-catenin presence determines endoderm (like urchins) 3. Macho-1 in yellow crescent determines muscle cells

17 Figure 5.38 Antibody staining of  -catenin protein shows its involvement with endoderm formation Wherever B-catenin shows up, endoderm is formed

18 Figure 5.37 Autonomous specification by a morphogenetic factor Where Macho-1 shows up tail muscle will form Zinc-finger TF for muscle actin, myosin, TBX-6 Also TF for Snail TF which blocks notochord induction

19 Conditional Specification also plays a role Integrates with the autonomous specification patterns

20 Axis Formation accomplished prior to cleavage! Fertilization rearranges cytoplasmic determinants determines dorsal-ventral determines anterior-posterior Left-right: unclear but nodal shows it later

21 Rotational, Holoblastic Cleavage in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans hermaphrodite

22 Figure 5.42 The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans (Part 2) Both autonomous and conditional specification at work early on. P1 will develop autonomously Stem cell divisions are meridional Founder cell divisions are equatorial If cells are separated: AB requires input from P lineage

23 Autonomous specification in P1 –SKN-1, PAL-1 and PIE-1 TFs from egg –as P1 divides these determine daughter fates –P lineage becomes “Organizer” Conditional specification in AB –P2 secretes Wnt family member MOM-1 to induce endodermal specification in AB lineage –P2 use Delta-Notch signals to induce ectodermal fates in AB lineage

24 Axis Determination in C. elegans Anterior-Posterior axis is determined by egg shape Which end is posterior is determined by sperm (the closest end is back) Sperm CYK-4 activates egg rho, actin rearrangement causes assymetric first cleavage division

25 AB division leads to both dorsal ventral and left-right axes Assymetrical division of AB-MS forces AB dorsal and MS ventral Delta-notch recognition between daughters of AB and MS gives left-right

26 Cytoskeletal rearrangement also pushes P-granules into the germ line

27 The cells of the blastula have specified fates in Xenopus..... Gastrulation changes all of that,.....afterwards all cell fates are determined!

28 Development of “Organizing Power” at the dorsal blastopore lip The bottle cells get the ball rolling but the real power is conferred on the first cells through the blastopore.

29 The dorsal mesoderm keeps the power to determine other cell’s fates throughout gastrulation: “Spemann’s Organizer” This ability to determine cell fates is called... “Primary Embryonic Induction”

30 The dorsal lip cells first have to become competent to be “Organizer” The area of Dsh accumulation is seen as a gray crescent in some amphibian embryos Cortical rotation shifts disheveled, GBP, Wnt-11 to dorsal side of embryo

31 β-catenin starts out everywhere in the embryo but only survives GSK3 in the dorsal portion due to Dsh, GBP and Wnt-11

32 The dorsal vegetal cells of the Nieuwkoop Center turn on “Organizer” Wnt and Vg-1 (TGF-B family) induce pre-dorsal lip mesoderm FGF needed for all mesoderm

33 Figure 7.22 Summary of events hypothesized to bring about induction of the organizer in the dorsal mesoderm Vg-1 Nodal

34 Figure 7.23 Vegetal induction of mesoderm (Part 2)

35 So, what can the “Organizer” do? Initiate gastrulation Become the notochord and other dorsal mesoderm Dorsalize ventral mesoderm into paraxial mesoderm, somites, etc. Dorsalize the ectoderm into the neural plate and neural tube


37 Figure 7.26 Localization of chordin mRNA Dorsal blastopore lipBlastoporeDorsal mesoderm The “Organizer” is induced prior to gastrulation Continues to organize events throughout its own differentiation

38 Interestingly, the primary mechanism is by means of inhibition....

39 Presumably, the Wnt, FGF and RA signals arise from endoderm and ectoderm Without the “Organizer” you get mainly skin and gut

40 Figure 7.31 Cerberus mRNA injected into a single D4 blastomere of a 32-cell Xenopus embryo induces head structures as well as a duplicated heart and liver Don’t underestimate the power of the “Organizer”!

41 Axis Formation Dorsal-Ventral: sperm penetration and cortical rotation Anterior-Posterior: migration direction of the dorsal mesoderm Left-Right: nodal expression exclusively on left side of the lateral plate mesoderm

42 Nodal expression causes Pitx2 expression Nodal and Pitx2 on leftInjected on both sides

43 Relationships between the frog and chick “Organizers” The hypoblast = dorsal vegetal cells Koller’s sickle = pre-dorsal lip mesoderm Hensen’s node = dorsal blastopore lip and dorsal mesoderm Primitive streak = blastopore

44 Formation of Hensen’s node from Koller’s sickle Wnt and FGF from the hypoblast induce Koller’s sickle epiblast

45 Figure 8.10 Induction of a new embryo by transplantation of Hensen’s node (Part 1)

46 Possible contribution of inhibition of BMP signaling Appears to be similar to the frog....

47 In the chick, the hypoblast plays a large role much like the frog endoderm

48 Figure 8.8 Specification of the chick anterior-posterior axis by gravity Anterior-Posterior axis parallels the rotation inside the shell

49 Rostral-Caudal (Anterior-Posterior) axis extension in chick embryos The combination of positional specification, complex signaling and TF (Hox, etc.) expression is thought to cause axis.

50 Left-right asymmetry in the chick embryo This is farther along Nodal and Pitx2 again are implicated

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