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Adam Ahmad, Yoel Bogoch, Gal Shvaizer, Yaniv M Elkouby. The piRNA protein Asz1 is essential for germ cell and gonad development in in zebrafish and exhibits differential necessities in distinct types of RNP granules. bioRxiv 2023; 2023.07.18.549483; doi:

Vineet Kumar, Yaniv Elkouby, Tools to analyze the organization and formation of the germline cyst in zebrafish oogenesis. Development 2023; dev.201349. doi:

A. Mytlis, K. Levy, Y. M. Elkouby, The many faces of the bouquet centrosome MTOC in meiosis and germ cell development. Current opinion in cell biology 81, 102158 (2023).

Avishag Mytlis*, Vineet Kumar*, Qiu Tao*, Rachael Deis, Neta Hart, Karine Levy, Markus Masek, Amal Shawahny, Adam Ahmad, Hagai Eitan, Farouq Nather, Shai Adar-Levor, Ramon Birnbaum, Natalie Elia, Ruxandra Bachmann-Gagescu, Sudipto Roy, Yaniv M Elkouby. Control of Meiotic Chromosomal Bouquet and Germ Cell Morphogenesis by the Zygotene Cilium. Science 10.1126/science.abh3104 (2022).

         Available on bioRxiv 2021.02.08.430249; doi:

*Featured as a spotlight in: Olaya and Burgess (2022) When the Anchor's Away, Meiotic Telomeres Go Astray. Dev. Cell..

*Featured as a highlight in: Mahen (2021) The Zygotene Cilium -  a previously unrecognized cilium in oocytes. preLights.

Deis, R. & Elkouby, Y. M. Microtubules control Buc Phase separation and Balbiani body condensation in zebrafish oocyte polarity. bioRxiv, 2022.2003.2011.484019, doi:10.1101/2022.03.11.484019 (2022).

Bogoch Y., J.-L. A., Vejnar CE., Levy K., Giraldez AJ,  Mullins MC., Elkouby YM. Stage specific transcriptomic analysis and database for zebrafish oogenesis. (2022, in-press) Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology.

Mytlis A. and Elkouby YM. Live and Time-lapse Imaging of Early Oogenesis and Meiotic Chromosomal Dynamics in Cultured Juvenile Zebrafish Ovaries. (2021) Methods Mol Biol. 2021;2218:137-155. doi: 10.1007/978-1-0716-0970-5_12. PMID: 33606229.

Jamieson-Lucy, Allison H. Kobayashi, Manami James Aykit, Y. Elkouby, Yaniv M. Escobar-Aguirre, Matias Vejnar, Charles E. Giraldez, Antonio J., Mullins, Mary C. (2022) A proteomics approach identifies novel resident zebrafish Balbiani body proteins Cirbpa and Cirbpb. Dev. Biol. 484, 1-11.

Elkouby YM. All in one - integrating cell polarity, meiosis, mitosis and mechanical forces in early oocyte differentiation in vertebrates. Int J Dev Biol. 2017;61(3-4-5):179-93. *Invited review (peer reviewed).

Elkouby YM, Mullins MC. Coordination of cellular differentiation, polarity, mitosis and meiosis - New findings from early vertebrate oogenesis. Dev Biol. 2017;430(2):275-87. **Back-to-back.

Elkouby YM, Mullins MC. Methods for the analysis of early oogenesis in zebrafish. Dev Biol. 2017;430(2):310-24. **Back-to-back.

Escobar-Aguirre, M., Elkouby, Y.M., Mullins, M.C. (2017) Localization in oogenesis of maternal regulators of embryonic development. Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 953, 173–207. *Book chapter.

Elkouby YM, Jamieson-Lucy A, Mullins MC (2016) Oocyte Polarization Is Coupled to the Chromosomal Bouquet, a Conserved Polarized Nuclear Configuration in Meiosis. PLoS Biology 14(1): e1002335. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002335.

        *Featured as a highlight in: Schubert (2016) World of Reproduction: A bouquet for oocyte polarity. Biology of Reproduction. 

         doi: 10.1095/​biolreprod.116.139105.


Yaniv M. Elkouby, Hana Polevoy, Yoni E. Gutkovich, Ariel Michaelov and Dale Frank. (2012) A hindbrain repressive Wnt3a/Meis3/Tsh1 circuit promotes neuronal differentiation and coordinates tissue maturation.  Development 139, 1487-1497.

Fonar Y, Gutkovich YE, Root H, Malyarova A, Aamar E, Golubovskaya VM, Elias S, Elkouby YM, Frank D. (2011) Focal Adhesion Kinase protein regulates Wnt3a gene expression to control cell fate specification in the developing neural plate. Molecular Biology of the Cell. 2011 Jul;22(13):2409-21


Yaniv M. Elkouby and Dale Frank. (2010) Wnt/β-catenin signaling in vertebrate posterior neural development. Morgan & Claypool Life Sciences Publishers Series, Developmental Biology, Book #4, USA. *Book.

Yoni E. Gutkovich, Rachel Ofir, Yaniv M. Elkouby , Charna Dibner, Aharon Gefen, Sarah Elias, Dale Frank. (2010) Xenopus Meis3 protein lies at a nexus downstream to Zic1 and Pax3 proteins, regulating multiple cell-fates during early nervous system development. Developmental Biology. 2010 Feb 1; 338 (1): 50-62.​

Yaniv M. Elkouby, Sarah Elias, Elena S. Casey, Shelby A. Blythe, Nir Tsabar, Peter S. Klein, Karen J. Liu and Dale Frank. (2010) Mesodermal Wnt signaling organizes the neural plate via Meis3. Development 137, 1531-1541.

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