Journal article

Vegfd modulates both angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis during zebrafish embryonic development

Neil I Bower, Adam J Vogrin, Ludovic Le Guen, Huijun Chen, Steven A Stacker, Marc G Achen, Benjamin M Hogan

DEVELOPMENT | COMPANY BIOLOGISTS LTD | Published : 2017

Abstract

Vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGFs) control angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis during development and in pathological conditions. In the zebrafish trunk, Vegfa controls the formation of intersegmental arteries by primary angiogenesis and Vegfc is essential for secondary angiogenesis, giving rise to veins and lymphatics. Vegfd has been largely thought of as dispensable for vascular development in vertebrates. Here, we generated a zebrafish vegfd mutant by genome editing. vegfd mutants display significant defects in facial lymphangiogenesis independent of vegfc function. Strikingly, we find that vegfc and vegfd cooperatively control lymphangiogenesis throughout the embryo, including du..

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