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Parasteatoda tepidariorum


(*) Khadjeh, S., Turetzek, N., Pechmann, M.,
Prpic, N.M.
Warum Spinnen (nur) acht Beine haben.
Biologie in unserer Zeit 43, 112-117 (2013).


(*) Hilbrant, M., Damen, W.G.M. & McGregor, A.P.
Evolutionary crossroads in developmental biology: the spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum.
Development 139, 2655-2662.

Sharma, P.P., Schwager, E.E., Extavour, C.G., Giribet, G.
Evolution of the chelicera: a dachshund domain is retained in the deutocerebral appendage of Opiliones (Arthropoda, Chelicerata).
Evol. Dev. 14, 522-533.

Sharma, P.P., Schwager, E.E., Extavour, C.G., Giribet, G.
Hox gene expression in the harvestman Phalangium opilio reveals divergent patterning of the chelicerate opisthosoma.
Evol. Dev. 14, 450-463.

(*) Khadjeh, S., Turetzek, N., Pechmann, M., Schwager, E.E., Wimmer, E.A., Damen, W.G.M. & Prpic, N.M.
Divergent role of the Hox gene Antennapedia in spiders is responsible for the convergent evolution of abdominal limb repression.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 109, 4921-4926.

(*) Linne, V., Eriksson, B.J. & Stollewerk, A.
Single-minded and the evolution of the ventral midline in arthropods.
Dev. Biol. 364, 66-76.

(*) Mittmann, B. & Wolff, C.
Embryonic development and staging of the cobweb spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum C. L. Koch, 1841 (syn.: Achaearanea tepidariorum; Aranaeomorphae; Theridiidae).
Dev. Genes Evol. 220, 89-105.

(*) Pechmann, M., Khadjeh, S., Turetzek, N. & Prpic, N.M.
Beinentwicklung und Gliedmaßenevolution bei Spinnen [Leg development and appendage evolution in spiders].
BIOspektrum 18, 365-368. [in German]


(*) Kanayama, M., Akiyama-Oda, Y., Nishimura, O., Tarui, H., Agata, K. & Oda, H.
Travelling and splitting of a wave of hedgehog expression involved in spider head segmentation.
Nature Commun. 2, 500.

(*) Linne, V. & Stollewerk, A.
Conserved and novel functions for Netrin in the formation of the axonal scaffold and glial sheath cells in spiders.
Dev. Biol. 353, 134-146.

Wolff, C. & Hilbrant, M.
The embryonic development of the central American wandering spider Cupiennius salei.
Front. Zool. 8:15.

(*) Pechmann, M., Khadjeh, S., Turetzek, N., McGregor, A.P., Damen, W.G.M. & Prpic, N.M.
Novel function of Distal-less as a gap gene during spider segmentation.
PLoS Genet. 7, e1002342.


(*) Akiyama-Oda, Y. & Oda, H.
Cell migration that orients the dorsoventral axis is coordinated with anteroposterior patterning mediated by Hedgehog signaling in the early spider embryo.
Development 137, 1263-1273.

Damen W.G.M.
Hox genes and the body plans of chelicerates and pycnogonids.
In: Deutsch J. S. (ed.) "Hox genes: Studies from the 20th to the 21st century". Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 689, 125-132.

(*) Janssen, R., Le Gouar, M., Pechmann, M., Poulin, F., Bolognesi, R., Schwager, E.E., Hopfen, C., Colbourne, J.K., Budd, G.E., Brown, S.J., Prpic, N.M., Kosiol, C., Vervoort, M., Damen, W.G.M., Balavoine, G. & McGregor, A.P.
Conservation, loss, and redeployment of Wnt ligands in protostomes: implications for understanding the evolution of segment formation.
BMC Evol. Biol. 10, 374.

(*) Kanayama, M., Akiyama-Oda, Y. & Oda, H.
Early embryonic development in the spider Achaearanea tepidariorum: Microinjection verifies that cellularization is complete before the blastoderm stage.
Arthropod Struct. Dev. 39, 436-445.

(*) Murat, S., Hopfen, C. & McGregor, A.P.
The function and evolution of Wnt genes in arthropods.
Arthropod Struct. Dev. 39, 446-452.

(*) Pechmann, M., Khadjeh, S., Sprenger, F. & Prpic, N.M.
Patterning mechanisms and morphological diversity of spider appendages and their importance for spider evolution
Arthropod Struct. Dev. 39, 453-467.

Stollewerk, A.
Evolution of patterning mechanisms.
Arthropod Struct. Dev. 39, 397-398.

Döffinger, C., Stollewerk, A.
How can conserved gene expression allow for variation? Lessons from the dorso-ventral patterning gene muscle segment homeobox.
Dev. Biol. 345, 105-116.

Döffinger, C., Hartenstein, V., Stollewerk, A.
Compartmentalization of the precheliceral neuroectoderm in the spider Cupiennius salei: development of the arcuate body, optic ganglia, and mushroom body.
J. Comp. Neurol. 518, 2612-2632.

Ayyar, S., Negre, B., Simpson, P., Stollewerk, A.
An arthropod cis-regulatory element functioning in sensory organ precursor development dates back to the Cambrian.
BMC Biol. 8:127.

(*) Schaeper, N.D., Pechmann, M., Damen, W.G.M., Prpic, N.M. & Wimmer, E.A.
Evolutionary plasticity of collier function in head development of diverse arthropods.
Dev. Biol. 344, 363-376.


(*) McGregor, A.P., Pechmann, M., Schwager, E.E. & Damen, W.G.M.
An ancestral regulatory network for posterior development in arthropods.
Commun. Integr. Biol. 2, 174-176.

(*) Pechmann, M., McGregor, A.P., Schwager, E.E., Feitosa, N.M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Dynamic gene expression is required for anterior regionalization in a spider.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 106, 1468-1472.

(*) Pechmann, M. & Prpic, N.M.
Appendage patterning in the South American bird spider Acanthoscurria geniculata (Araneae: Mygalomorphae)
Dev. Genes Evol. 219, 189-198.

Prpic, N.M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Notch-mediated segmentation of the appendages is a molecular phylotypic trait of the arthropods.
Dev. Biol. 326, 262-271.

Gold, K., Cotton, J.A., Stollewerk, A.
The role of Notch signalling and numb function in mechanosensory organ formation in the spider Cupiennius salei.
Dev. Biol. 327, 121-131.

(*) Schwager, E.E., Pechmann, M., Feitosa, N.M., McGregor, A.P. & Damen, W.G.M.
hunchback functions as a segmentation gene in the spider Achaearanea tepidariorum.
Curr. Biol. 19, 1333-1340.


(*) Janssen, R., Feitosa, N.M., Damen, W.G.M. & Prpic, N.M.
The T-box genes H15 and optomotor-blind in the spiders Cupiennius salei, Tegenaria atrica and Achaearanea tepidariorum and the dorsoventral axis of arthropod appendages.
Evol. Dev. 10, 143-154.

Stollewerk, A., Seyfarth, E.A.
Evolutionary changes in sensory precursor formation in arthropods: embryonic development of leg sensilla in the spider Cupiennius salei.
Dev. Biol. 313, 659-673.

Janssen, R. & Damen, W.G.M.
Diverged and conserved aspects of heart formation in a spider.
Evol. Dev. 10, 155-165.

(*) McGregor, A.P., Pechmann, M., Schwager, E.E., Feitosa, N. M., Kruck, S., Aranda, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Wnt8 is required for growth-zone establishment and development of opisthosomal segments in a spider.
Curr. Biol. 18, 1619-1623.

(*) McGregor, A.P., Hilbrant, M., Pechmann, M., Schwager, E.E., Prpic, N.M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Cupiennius salei and Achaearanea tepidariorum: Spider models for investigating evolution and development.
BioEssays 30, 487-498.

(*) Oda, H. & Akiyama-Oda, Y.
Differing strategies for forming the arthropod body plan: lessons from Dpp, Sog and Delta in the fly Drosophila and spider Achaearanea.
Dev. Growth Differ. 50, 203-214.

Prpic, N.M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Arthropod appendages: a prime example for the evolution of morphological diversity and innovation.
In: Minelli A, Fusco G (eds.) "Evolving Pathways: Key Themes in Evolutionary Developmental Biology". Cambridge University Press. Pp. 381-398.

Prpic, N.M., Schoppmeier, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
The American Wandering Spider Cupiennius salei.
In: "Handbook of Emerging Model Organisms", Volume 1, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.

Prpic, N.M., Schoppmeier, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
The American Wandering Spider Cupiennius salei.
CSH Protocols 3:emo103.

Prpic, N.M., Schoppmeier, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Collection and Fixation of Spider Embryos.
CSH Protocols 3:prot5067.

Prpic, N.M., Schoppmeier, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Whole-Mount In Situ Hybridization of Spider Embryos.
CSH Protocols 3:prot5068.

Prpic, N.M., Schoppmeier, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Detection of Cell Death in Spider Embryos using TUNEL.
CSH Protocols 3:prot5069.

Prpic, N.M., Schoppmeier, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Gene Silencing via Embryonic RNAi in Spider Embryos.
CSH Protocols 3:prot5070.

Prpic, N.M., Schoppmeier, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Detection of Cell Proliferation in Spider Embryos Using BrdU Labeling.
CSH Protocols 3:prot5071.

Prpic, N.M., Schoppmeier, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Dissecting Spider Embryos for Light Microscopy.
CSH Protocols 3:prot5072.


Damen, W.G.M.
Evolutionary conservation and divergence of the segmentation process in arthropods.
Dev. Dyn. 236, 1379-1391.

(*) Oda, H., Nishimura, O., Hirao, Y., Tarui, H., Agata, K. & Akiyama-Oda, Y.
Progressive activation of Delta-Notch signaling from around the blastopore is required to set up a functional caudal lobe in the spider Achaearanea tepidariorum.
Development 134, 2195-2205.

(*) Schwager, E.E., Schoppmeier, M., Pechmann, M., Damen, W.G.M.
Duplicated Hox genes in the spider Cupiennius salei
Front. Zool. 4:10.


Stollewerk, A., Chipman, A.D.
Neurogenesis in myriapods and chelicerates and its importance for understanding arthropod relationships.
Integr. Comp. Biol. 46, 195-206.

(*) Akiyama-Oda, Y. & Oda, H.
Axis specification in the spider embryo: dpp is required for radial-to-axial symmetry transformation and sog for ventral patterning.
Development 133, 2347-2357.

Kimm, M.A. & Prpic, N.M.
Formation of the arthropod labrum by fusion of paired and rotated limb-bud-like primordia.
Zoomorphology 125, 147-155.


Damen, W.G.M., Janssen, R. & Prpic, N.M.
Pair rule gene orthologs in spider segmentation.
Evol. Dev. 7, 618-628.

McGregor, A.P.
How to get ahead: the origin, evolution and function of bicoid.
BioEssays 27, 904-913.

Stollewerk, A., Simpson, P.
Evolution of early development of the nervous system: a comparison between arthropods.
BioEssays 27, 874-883.

(*) Oda, H., Tagawa, K. & Akiyama-Oda, Y.
Diversification of epithelial adherens junctions with independent reductive changes in cadherin form: identification of potential molecular synapomorphies among bilaterians.
Evol. Dev. 7, 376-389.

Prpic, N.M.
& Damen, W.G.M.
A homolog of the hydrolase Notum is expressed during segmentation and appendage formation in the Central-American hunting spider Cupiennius salei.
Naturwissenschaften 92, 246-249.

Prpic, N.M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Diversification of nubbin expression patterns in arthropods: data from an additional spider species, Cupiennius salei.
Evol. Dev. 7, 276-279.

Prpic, N.M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Cell death during germ band inversion, dorsal closure and nervous system development in the spider Cupiennius salei.
Dev. Dyn. 234, 222-228.

Schoppmeier, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Suppressor of Hairless and Presenilin phenotypes imply involvement of canonical Notch-signalling in segmentation of the spider Cupiennius salei.
Dev. Biol. 280, 211-224.

Schoppmeier, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Expression of Pax group III genes suggests a single-segmental periodicity for opisthosomal segment patterning in the spider Cupiennius salei.
Evol. Dev. 7, 160-169.

(*) Yamazaki, K., Akiyama-Oda, Y. & Oda, H.
Expression patterns of a twist-related gene in embryos of the spider Achaearanea tepidariorum reveal divergent aspects of mesoderm development in the fly and spider.
Zool. Sci. 22, 177-185.


Prpic, N.M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Expression patterns of leg genes in the mouthparts of the spider Cupiennius salei (Chelicerata: Arachnida).
Dev. Genes Evol. 214, 296-302.

Stollewerk, A.
Secondary neurons are arrested in an immature state by formation of epithelial vesicles during neurogenesis of the spider Cupiennius salei.
Front. Zool. 1:3


(*) Akiyama-Oda, Y. & Oda, H.
Early patterning of the spider embryo: a cluster of mesenchymal cells at the cumulus produces Dpp signals received by germ disc epithelial cells.
Development 130, 1735-1747.

Prpic, N.M., Janssen, R., Wigand, B., Klingler, M. & Damen, W.G.M.
Gene expression in spider appendages reveals reversal of exd/hth spatial specificity, altered leg gap gene dynamics, and suggests divergent distal morphogen signaling.
Dev. Biol. 264, 119-140.

Dove, H., Stollewerk, A.
Comparative analysis of neurogenesis in the myriapod Glomeris marginata (Diplopoda) suggests more similarities to chelicerates than to insects.
Development 130, 2161-2171.

Stollewerk, A., Tautz, D., Weller, M.
Neurogenesis in the spider: new insights from comparative analysis of morphological processes and gene expression patterns.
Arthropod Struct. Dev. 32, 5-16.

Stollewerk, A., Schoppmeier, M., Damen, W.G.M.
Involvement of Notch and Delta genes in spider segmentation.
Nature 423, 863-865.


Damen, W.G.M.
fushi tarazu: a Hox gene that changes its role.
BioEssays 24, 992-995.

Damen, W. G.M., Saridaki T., Averof, M.
Diverse adaptations of an ancestral gill: a common evolutionary origin for wings, breathing organs, and spinnerets.
Curr. Biol. 12, 1711-1716.

Damen, W.G.M.
Parasegmental organization of the spider embryo implies that the parasegment is an evolutionary conserved entity in arthropod embryogenesis.
Development 129, 1239-1250.

Stollewerk, A.
Recruitment of cell groups through Delta/Notch signalling during spider neurogenesis.
Development 129, 5339-5348.


Stollewerk, A., Weller, M., Tautz, D.
Neurogenesis in the spider Cupiennius salei.
Development 128, 2673-2688.

Schoppmeier, M., Damen, W.G.M.
Double-stranded RNA interference in the spider Cupiennius salei: the role of Distal-less is evolutionarily conserved in arthropod appendage formation.
Dev. Genes Evol. 211, 76-82.


Damen, W.G.M., Weller, M., Tautz, D.
Expression patterns of hairy, even-skipped, and runt in the spider Cupiennius salei imply that these genes were segmentation genes in a basal arthropod.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 97, 4515-4519.


Damen, W.G.M., Tautz, D.
Abdominal-B expression in a spider suggests a general role for Abdominal-B in specifying the genital structure.
J. Exp. Zool. 285, 85-91.


Damen, W.G.M., Tautz, D.
A Hox class 3 orthologue from the spider Cupiennius salei is expressed in a Hox-gene-like fashion.
Dev. Genes Evol. 208, 586-590.

Damen, W. G. M., Hausdorf, M., Seyfarth, E.A., Tautz, D.
A conserved mode of head segmentation in arthropods revealed by the expression pattern of Hox genes in a spider.
Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 95, 10665-10670.

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