Role of the Nanos Homolog During Sea Urchin Development

Department of Mathematical and Life Sciences, Graduate School of Science, Hiroshima University, Higashi-Hiroshima, Japan.
Developmental Dynamics (Impact Factor: 2.38). 10/2009; 238(10):2511-21. DOI: 10.1002/dvdy.22074
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The nanos genes play important roles in the development of primordial germ cells in animal species. In the sea urchin, Hemicentrotus pulcherrimus, small micromere descendants specifically express HpNanos mRNA and this expression continues in the left coelomic pouch, which produces the major component of the adult rudiment. In this study, we showed that morpholino knockdown of HpNanos resulted in a delay of primary mesenchyme cell ingression and a decrease in the number of cells comprising the left coelomic pouch. Knockdown analysis in chimeras and whole embryos revealed the disappearance of small micromere descendants from the archenteron tip. Furthermore, the expression of HpNanos mRNA was induced in other cell lineages in the HpNanos-knockdown and micromere-deleted embryos. Taken together, our results suggest that HpNanos is involved in the inductive interaction of small micromere descendants with other cell lineages, and that HpNanos is required for the survival of small micromere descendants.

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    • "Like other echinoderms, most sea urchins have an indirect development through larval stages following metamorphosis. The sea urchin germ line is known to be segregated after the fifth cleavage of embryo in the form of small micromeres, later included in the adult rudiment of the larvae (Voronina et al., 2008; Fujii et al., 2009; Juliano et al., 2010; Yajima and Wessel, 2011a). The regulation of sea urchin germ line determination evidently displays a combination of inheritance and induction, thus presenting a similarity to both Drosophila and mice. "
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