Journal article

Inactivation of Zeb1 in GRHL2-deficient mouse embryos rescues mid-gestation viability and secondary palate closure.

Marina R Carpinelli, Michael E de Vries, Alana Auden, Tariq Butt, Zihao Deng, Darren D Partridge, Lee B Miles, Smitha R Georgy, Jody J Haigh, Charbel Darido, Simone Brabletz, Thomas Brabletz, Marc P Stemmler, Sebastian Dworkin, Stephen M Jane

Dis Model Mech | Published : 2020


Cleft lip and palate are common birth defects resulting from failure of the facial processes to fuse during development. The mammalian grainyhead-like (Grhl1-3) genes play key roles in a number of tissue fusion processes including neurulation, epidermal wound healing and eyelid fusion. One family member, Grhl2, is expressed in the epithelial lining of the first pharyngeal arch in mice at embryonic day (E) 10.5, prompting analysis of the role of this factor in palatogenesis. Grhl2-null mice die at E11.5 with neural tube defects and a cleft face phenotype, precluding analysis of palatal fusion at later stage of development. However, the first pharyngeal arch of Grhl2 null embryos manifests dys..

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