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Sonic hedgehog expression in the development of hindgut in ETU-exposed fetal rats

P Mandhan, S Beasley, T Hale, L Ellmers, J Roake, M Sullivan



Sonic hedgehog (Shh) has been shown to be involved in the morphogenesis of many organ systems including the notochord, floor plate and limbs, as well as in the development of the left-right axis in vertebrates. Recent evidence suggests the Shh cascade plays a crucial role in the development of the foregut and hindgut. We have previously shown that prenatal exposure of fetal rats to ethylenethiourea (ETU) induces hindgut malformations and other abnormalities of the VACTERL association. The aim of this study was to determine the pattern of expression of Shh and its downstream genes during hindgut development in ETU-exposed embryos with anorectal malformations (ARMs). Pregnant Sprague-Dawley ra..

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