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Cnidarian developmental mechanisms

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Evelyn Houliston / Tsuyoshi Momose


We analyse diverse developmental mechanisms in cnidarians, principally using the hydrozoan Clytia hemisphaerica.

Our main research areas are:

  • Oogenesis and oocyte maturation
  • Polarity establishment
  • Regeneration and stem cells
  • Cnidarian life cycles
  • Development of sequence resources and experimental approaches  


History of the group in 10 key publications

  1. Momose, T & Houliston, E. (2007) Two Oppositely Localised Frizzled RNAs as Axis Determinants in a Cnidarian Embryo PloS Biology 5(4), e70.
  2. Momose, T, Derelle, R & Houliston, E (2008) A maternally localised Wnt ligand required for axial patterning in the cnidarian Clytia hemisphærica. Development 135 2105-2113.
  3. Amiel, A*, Leclère, L.*, Robert, L, Chevalier, S & Houliston, E (2009) Conserved functions for Mos in eumetazoan oocyte maturation revealed by studies in a cnidarian. Curr. Biol.  19, 305-311.
  4. Houliston, E,  Momose, T & Manuel, M (2010) Clytia hemispherica : A jellyfish cousin joins the laboratory. Trends in Genetics. 26 (4) 159-16.7
  5. Leclère, L, Jager, M, Barreau, C, Chang, P, Le Guyader, H, Manuel, M & Houliston, E (2012). Maternally localized germ plasm mRNAs and germ cell/stem cell formation in the cnidarian Clytia. Dev. Biol. 364 : 236–248
  6. Momose, T, Kraus, Y & Houliston, E (2012) A conserved function for Strabismus in establishing planar cell polarity in the ciliated ectoderm during cnidarian larval development Development. 139, 4374-82.
  7. Fourrage, C, Swann, K, Gonzalez Garcia, R, Campbell,, AK & Houliston, E (2014) Endogenous GFPs and photoproteins expressed in eggs of the jellyfish Clytia hemisphaerica localise to mitochondria and show efficient bioluminescence energy transfer.  Open Biology 4  doi: 10.1098/rsob.130206.
  8. Lapébie, P, Ruggiero A, Barreau C, Chevalier, S, Chang, P, Dru, P, Houliston E*, & Momose T*. (2014). Differential Responses to Wnt and PCP Disruption Predict Expression and Developmental Function of Conserved and Novel Genes in a Cnidarian. PLoS Genetics, 10(9): e1004590. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1004590
  9. Leclère, L, Copley, RR, Momose, T & Houliston, E. (2016) Hydrozoan insights in animal development and evolution. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 39:157-167. doi: 10.1016/j.gde.2016.07.006
  10. Quiroga Artigas, G, Lapébie, P,  Leclère, L, Takeda, N, Deguchi R, Jékely, G, Momose, T* & Houliston, E*(2017) A gonad-expressed opsin mediates light-induced spawning in the jellyfish Clytia. http://doi.org/10.1101/140210  eLife In press


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