Journal article

Effects of pharmacological inhibition of small GTPases on axon extension and migration of enteric neural crest-derived cells

Ashley L Stewart, Heather M Young, Michel Popoff, Richard B Anderson

DEVELOPMENTAL BIOLOGY | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2007

Abstract

In the developing enteric nervous system, there is a close association between migrating neural crest-derived cells and the axons of early differentiating neurons. We used pharmacological inhibitors of small GTPases to determine if crest cell migration and axon growth could be uncoupled in cultured intact explants of embryonic mouse gut and slices of embryonic gut grown on collagen gels containing GDNF. Inhibition of the Rho effectors, ROCKI/II, or Rac/Cdc42 inhibited both cell migration and neurite growth in intact explants of embryonic gut. The effects of both ROCKI/II and Rac/Cdc42 inhibitors were more severe on cell migration and axon extension in gut explants from Ret(+/-) mice than in ..

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