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Nucleus downscaling in mouse embryos is regulated by cooperative developmental and geometric programs

Tsichlaki, E; FitzHarris, G; (2016) Nucleus downscaling in mouse embryos is regulated by cooperative developmental and geometric programs. Scientific Reports , 6 , Article 28040. 10.1038/srep28040. Green open access

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Abstract

Maintaining appropriate nucleus size is important for cell health, but the mechanisms by which this is achieved are poorly understood. Controlling nucleus size is a particular challenge in early development, where the nucleus must downscale in size with progressive reductive cell divisions. Here we use live and fixed imaging, micromanipulation approaches, and small molecule analyses during preimplantation mouse development to probe the mechanisms by which nucleus size is determined. We find a close correlation between cell and nuclear size at any given developmental stage, and show that experimental cytoplasmic reduction can alter nuclear size, together indicating that cell size helps dictate nuclear proportions. Additionally, however, by creating embryos with over-sized blastomeres we present evidence of a developmental program that drives nuclear downscaling independently of cell size. We show that this developmental program does not correspond with nuclear import rates, but provide evidence that PKC activity may contribute to this mechanism. We propose a model in which nuclear size regulation during early development is a multi-mode process wherein nucleus size is set by cytoplasmic factors, and fine-tuned on a cell-by-cell basis according to cell size.

Type: Article
Title: Nucleus downscaling in mouse embryos is regulated by cooperative developmental and geometric programs
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1038/srep28040
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep28040
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1503777
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