Journal article

Exogenous FGF-4 can suppress anterior development in the mouse embryo during neurulation and early organogenesis

BP Davidson, L Cheng, SJ Kinder, PPL Tam

DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY | ACADEMIC PRESS INC | Published : 2000

Abstract

Members of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) family of peptide growth factors are widely expressed in the germ layer derivatives during gastrulation and early organogenesis of the mouse. We have investigated the effect of administering recombinant FGF-4 in the late-primitive streak stage embryo to test if the patterning of the body plan may be influenced by this growth factor. Shortly after FGF treatment the embryonic tissues up-regulated the expression of Brachyury and the RTK signaling regulator Spry2, suggesting that FGF signaling was activated as an immediate response to exogenous FGF. Concomitantly, Hesx1 expression was suppressed in the prospective anterior region of the embryo. After..

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