Sea Urchin Development
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The sea urchin embryo initially undergoes ten cycles of cell division forming a single epithelial layer enveloping a blastocoel, followed by gastrulation producing the three germ layers. Historically, one of the earliest systems used in developmental biology (H. Driesch, 1892; J. Loeb, 1893; Lillie, 1912 Spermatozoa Chemotaxis; S. Horstadius, 1928), this embryo system has been used recently to study early molecular controls of patterning and axis formation.
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Sea Urchin- activin B expression
Sea Urchin- early embryo cleavage pattern
Sea urchin ectoderm patterning model
Sea Urchin-endomesoderm induction Figure illustrates gene regulatory networks required for the early developmental process of endomesoderm induction.
Changes in identity of ectodermal territories following perturbations of Nodal or BMP signaling and novel model of ectoderm patterning
Schemes describing the morphology of control embryos and perturbed embryos.
(A) control embryo. The thick ciliated epithelium of the ciliary band is restricted to a belt of cells at the interface between the ventral and dorsal ectoderm.
(B) Nodal morphant. Most of the ectoderm differentiates into an expanded large ciliary band. An animal pole domain is nevertheless present in these embryos as shown by the presence of the apical tuft and at the molecular level by the expression of apical domain marker genes. In these embryos, the ectoderm surrounding the blastopore differentiates into dorsal ectoderm.
(C) embryo overexpressing Nodal. Most of the ectoderm differentiates into ventral ectoderm. A ciliary band-like ectoderm forms at the animal pole and in the ectoderm surrounding the blastopore.
(D) BMP2/4 morphants. An ectopic ciliary band forms in the dorsal ectoderm in addition to the normal ciliary band.
(E) bmp2/4 overexpressing embryo. All the ectoderm has a dorsal identity. The animal pole domain is largely absent. The triradiated stars represent the spicule rudiments.
(F) Proposed model for regionalization of the ectoderm of the sea urchin embryo through restriction of the ciliary band fate by Nodal and BMP signaling. Maternal factors such as SoxB1 promote the early expression of ciliary band genes within the ectoderm. Nodal signaling on the ventral side promotes differentiation of the ventral ectoderm and stomodeum and represses the ciliary band fate probably through the activity of Goosecoid as well as of additional repressors. Nodal induces its antagonist Lefty, which diffuses away from the ventral ectoderm up to the presumptive ciliary band territory. Within the ventral ectoderm, Nodal induces expression of bmp2/4 and of its antagonist chordin. Chordin prevents BMP signaling within the ventral ectoderm and probably within the presumptive ciliary band region. At blastula stages, protein complexes containing BMP2/4 and Chordin can diffuse towards the dorsal side to specify dorsal fates. In the dorsal ectoderm, BMP signaling strongly repress the ciliary band fate partly by inducing the expression of the irxA repressor. A high level of MAP kinase activity resulting from FGFA signaling in the lateral ectoderm likely contributes to maintain a low level of Nodal and BMP signaling within the presumptive ciliary band region by phosphorylating Smad1/5/8 and Smad2/3 in the linker region, which inhibits their activity. The presence of Chordin and Lefty in the prospective ciliary band allows expression of ciliary band genes to be maintained in this region. The ectoderm surrounding the blastopore differentiates into dorsal ectoderm likely because it receives Wnt signals that antagonize GSK3 and promote BMP signaling.
(G) In the absence of Nodal signaling, both the ventral and the dorsal inducing signals are not produced, ciliary band genes are not repressed and unrestricted MAP kinase signaling promotes differentiation of the ventral and dorsal ectoderm into neural ectoderm and ciliary band. The genes or proteins that are inactive are represented in light grey.
Sea urchin Wnt patterning model
|Embryology History - Hans Driesch (1867 – 1941) was a German experimental embryology. From 1891 to 1901 he worked in Naples at the Marine Biological Station. His experimental work was designed to establish a formulation for development and ended by adopting an Aristotlean teleological theory of entelechy.||
Hans Driesch (1867 – 1941)
|Embryology History - Hans Driesch manipulating blastomeres of sea urchin eggs.|
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Bailey FR. and Miller AM. Text-Book of Embryology (1921) New York: William Wood and Co.
- Lillie FR. (1912). THE PRODUCTION OF SPERM ISO-AGGLUTININS BY OVA. Science , 36, 527-30. PMID: 17735765 DOI.
- Uchida A & Yajima M. (2018). An optogenetic approach to control protein localization during embryogenesis of the sea urchin. Dev. Biol. , 441, 19-30. PMID: 29958898 DOI.
- Shevidi S, Uchida A, Schudrowitz N, Wessel GM & Yajima M. (2017). Single nucleotide editing without DNA cleavage using CRISPR/Cas9-deaminase in the sea urchin embryo. Dev. Dyn. , 246, 1036-1046. PMID: 28857338 DOI.
- Yajima M, Umeda R, Fuchikami T, Kataoka M, Sakamoto N, Yamamoto T & Akasaka K. (2010). Implication of HpEts in gene regulatory networks responsible for specification of sea urchin skeletogenic primary mesenchyme cells. Zool. Sci. , 27, 638-46. PMID: 20695779 DOI.
- Croce JC & McClay DR. (2010). Dynamics of Delta/Notch signaling on endomesoderm segregation in the sea urchin embryo. Development , 137, 83-91. PMID: 20023163 DOI.
- Stamateris RE, Rafiq K & Ettensohn CA. (2010). The expression and distribution of Wnt and Wnt receptor mRNAs during early sea urchin development. Gene Expr. Patterns , 10, 60-4. PMID: 19853669 DOI.
- Kaupp UB. (2012). 100 years of sperm chemotaxis. J. Gen. Physiol. , 140, 583-6. PMID: 23183693 DOI.
- Sethi AJ, Angerer RC & Angerer LM. (2009). Gene regulatory network interactions in sea urchin endomesoderm induction. PLoS Biol. , 7, e1000029. PMID: 19192949 DOI.
- Saudemont A, Haillot E, Mekpoh F, Bessodes N, Quirin M, Lapraz F, Duboc V, Röttinger E, Range R, Oisel A, Besnardeau L, Wincker P & Lepage T. (2010). Ancestral regulatory circuits governing ectoderm patterning downstream of Nodal and BMP2/4 revealed by gene regulatory network analysis in an echinoderm. PLoS Genet. , 6, e1001259. PMID: 21203442 DOI.
- Range RC, Angerer RC & Angerer LM. (2013). Integration of canonical and noncanonical Wnt signaling pathways patterns the neuroectoderm along the anterior-posterior axis of sea urchin embryos. PLoS Biol. , 11, e1001467. PMID: 23335859 DOI.
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- Sea urchin embryology lab This document was prepared for a school-teachers' workshop.
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