Table of Contents: December 2016

Pictured is the immunofluorescent staining of 2-month-old ovarian sections showing increased γH2AX in PP6c-depleted oocytes. Blue is DAPI stain. Green is immunofluorescence signal of γH2AX, a marker of DNA double strand breaks. Red is immunofluorescence signal of MVH (mouse VASA homolog), a germ cell marker. Using a genetically modified mouse model with specific deletion of Ppp6c in oocytes from the primordial follicle stage, we show that PP6 plays a critical role in germ cell survival and follicular development by safeguarding the genomic integrity of prophase I-arrested oocytes. See Hu, Meng et al.

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Bringing PLOS Genetics Editors to Preprint Servers

Gregory S. Barsh, Casey M. Bergman, Christopher D. Brown, Nadia D. Singh, Gregory P. Copenhaver


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The Gene Regulatory Network of Lens Induction Is Wired through Meis-Dependent Shadow Enhancers of Pax6

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A Bystander Mechanism Explains the Specific Phenotype of a Broadly Expressed Misfolded Protein

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Bilaterian Giant Ankyrins Have a Common Evolutionary Origin and Play a Conserved Role in Patterning the Axon Initial Segment

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Comparative Transcriptomic and Epigenomic Analyses Reveal New Regulators of Murine Brown Adipogenesis

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Gene Expression Differences in Prostate Cancers between Young and Old Men

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Bypass of Candida albicans Filamentation/Biofilm Regulators through Diminished Expression of Protein Kinase Cak1

Carol A. Woolford, Katherine Lagree, Wenjie Xu, Tatyana Aleynikov, Hema Adhikari, Hiram Sanchez, Paul J. Cullen, Frederick Lanni, David R. Andes, Aaron P. Mitchell

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Cell Cycle Constraints and Environmental Control of Local DNA Hypomethylation in α-Proteobacteria

Silvia Ardissone, Peter Redder, Giancarlo Russo, Antonio Frandi, Coralie Fumeaux, Andrea Patrignani, Ralph Schlapbach, Laurent Falquet, Patrick H. Viollier

Enrichment of Targetable Mutations in the Relapsed Neuroblastoma Genome

Olivia M. Padovan-Merhar, Pichai Raman, Irina Ostrovnaya, Karthik Kalletla, Kaitlyn R. Rubnitz, Eric M. Sanford, Siraj M. Ali, Vincent A. Miller, Yael P. Mossé, Meaghan P. Granger, Brian Weiss, John M. Maris, Shakeel Modak

Mitochondria and Caspases Tune Nmnat-Mediated Stabilization to Promote Axon Regeneration

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Interaction of Prions Causes Heritable Traits in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

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Elevated Fibroblast Growth Factor Signaling Is Critical for the Pathogenesis of the Dwarfism in Evc2/Limbin Mutant Mice

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Olfactory Sensory Neurons Control Dendritic Complexity of Mitral Cells via Notch Signaling

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Tbx5 Buffers Inherent Left/Right Asymmetry Ensuring Symmetric Forelimb Formation

Fatima A. Sulaiman, Satoko Nishimoto, George R. F. Murphy, Anna Kucharska, Natalie C. Butterfield, Ruth Newbury-Ecob, Malcolm P. O. Logan

A Kinase-Phosphatase Switch Transduces Environmental Information into a Bacterial Cell Cycle Circuit

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DNA Methylation Signatures of the Plant Chromomethyltransferases

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