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April 12, 2015

In situ hybridization data: In response to recent requests, we want to alert users that the In situ Expression Pattern links available on some gene pages are not working. Please note that this data is currently available at the NBDC-LSDB website. We apologize for this inconvenience and intend to restore these links, but this will probably not be accomplished until after our database overhaul.

April 4, 2015

Dicty Stock Center: Payments for Dicty Stock charges are now possible by secure online credit card payments! Please see complete and updated DSC payment information on this page.

March 15, 2016

Dicty in the News: A recent paper by Zhang, Zhuchenko et al. shows that Dictyostelium discoideum produce extracellular nets that can kill bacteria, just as phagocytes in people and other higher animals do. Related news articles appear in The Scientist, EurekAlert and Science Daily.

November 25, 2015

Dicty Stock Center: The DSC will be closed for the holidays from December 21st, 2015 to January 3rd, 2016. To receive items before Christmas, please order strains by Wednesday, December 2nd, and plasmids by Sunday, December 13th. All items ordered after these dates or during the holidays will be processed starting on Monday, January 4, 2016. Thank you for your understanding and Happy Holidays!

August 12, 2015

Dicty in the News: The National Geographics series Not Exactly Rocket Science has published a nice piece about the latest results reporting how Burkholderia turns Dicty amooeba into farmers, published by Suzanne di Salvo and colleagues from the Strassmann/Queller lab.

August 19, 2015

Why axenic strains grow by fluid uptake: We have added the axeB gene to Chromosome 3 at the locus which is largely deleted in axenic strains and thus responsible for their ability to grow axenically. Only an axeB 3' fragment could be generated on the AX4 genome assembly. The full length gene in non-axenic strains such as DdB codes for the conserved neurofibromin 1, a RasGAP, which has been shown to be involved in macropinocytosis and phagocytosis. For more information, see Bloomfield et al..

August 7, 2015

Dicty Stock Center: Starting for DSC orders placed after Monday August 10, 2015 (12:00 AM CDT), Dicty stocks will incur charges. Please see the complete price and payment information on the Order page.

August 6, 2015

Dicty Stock Center: The bug in the DSC ordering system as reported on July 31, has been fixed.

July 31, 2015

Alert Dicty Stock Center: We currently have problems receiving email notifications of Stock Center orders. If you have ordered in recent months and have not received your order within a week to 10 days, please email Kerry Sheppard and forward your order. If you currently place an order, please also forward your automatic confirmation to Kerry. We are working on the problem and will let you know when fixed. Thank you for your patience and help.

July 23, 2015

Dicty in the News: The recent discovery of the protein Callipygian in Dictyostelium discoideum provides insights into how round, symmetrical cells become polarized: News Medical with comments from Kristen Swaney and Peter Devreotes.

June 12, 2015

Dicty in the News: Press releases from three recent research publications highlight the use of Dictyostelium: electrotaxis in Futurity by Zhao and Devreotes; kin recognition in Yahoo News by Ho and Shaulsky; cheating in EurekAlert by Ostrowski, Strassmann and Queller.

May 13, 2015

Bill Loomis has written a memoir called My Life with Dicty and makes it available on dictyBase. Click here for more information and to download the document. History pages are also available from the banner on the left side bar and always from the Community dropdown.

News Archive

This week's new papers

Okamoto, Yamada, Fujisaki, Bloomfield, Yoshida, Kuwayama, Sawada, Mori & Urushihara (2016) 'Two HAP2-GCS1 homologs responsible for gamete interactions in the cellular slime mold with multiple mating types: Implication for common mechanisms of sexual reproduction shared by plants and protozoa and for male-female differentiation.' Dev. Biol. :

Sabra, Leiba, Mas, Louwagie, Coute, Journet, Cosson & Aubry (2016) 'Pycnosomes: Condensed Endosomal Structures Secreted by Dictyostelium Amoebae.' PLoS ONE 11:e0154875

Champion, Houston, Bradbury & Reid (2016) 'Preliminary feasibility and modelling of a liquid matrix Dictyostelium discoideum virulence assay for Pseudomonas aeruginosa.' Br. J. Biomed. Sci. :1-5

Khanna, Lotfi, Chavan, Monta?o, Bolourani, Weeks, Shen, Briggs, Pots, Van Haastert, Kortholt & Charest (2016) 'The small GTPases Ras and Rap1 bind to and control TORC2 activity.' Sci Rep 6:25823

Gueho, Bosmani, Gopaldass, Molle, Soldati & Letourneur (2016) 'Dictyostelium EHD associates with Dynamin and participates in phagosome maturation.' J. Cell. Sci. :

Planelles-Herrero, Blanc, Sirigu, Sirkia, Clause, Sourigues, Johnsrud, Amigues, Cecchini, Gilbert, Houdusse & Titus (2016) 'Myosin MyTH4-FERM structures highlight important principles of convergent evolution.' Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. :

Gomez, Lopez-Estepa, Fernandez, Suarez & Vega (2016) 'Alternative Eukaryotic Expression Systems for the Production of Proteins and Protein Complexes.' Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 896:167-84

Eder, Muth & Weiss (2016) 'Datasets from a vapor diffusion mineral precipitation protocol for Dictyostelium stalks.' Data Brief 7:1396-404

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