GSBS Student Publications

Title

An early Fgf signal required for gene expression in the zebrafish hindbrain primordium

UMMS Affiliation

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Date

2-6-2004

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Animals; Body Patterning; Cells, Cultured; Cycloheximide; DNA-Binding Proteins; Embryo, Nonmammalian; Fibroblast Growth Factors; Gastrula; Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental; Immunohistochemistry; In Situ Hybridization; Mesoderm; Microinjections; Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinases; Neurons; Oligonucleotides, Antisense; Organizers, Embryonic; Protein Synthesis Inhibitors; Pyrroles; RNA, Messenger; Receptors, Fibroblast Growth Factor; inhibitors; Receptors, Retinoic Acid; Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction; Rhombencephalon; Signal Transduction; Spinal Cord; Time Factors; Tretinoin; Zebrafish; Zebrafish Proteins

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

We have explored the role of fibroblast growth factor (Fgf) signaling in regulating gene expression in the early zebrafish hindbrain primordium. We demonstrate that a dominant negative Fgf receptor (FgfR) construct disrupts gene expression along the entire rostrocaudal axis of the hindbrain primordium and, using an FgfR antagonist, we find that this Fgf signal is required at early gastrula stages. This effect cannot be mimicked by morpholino antisense oligos to Fgf3, Fgf8 or Fgf24--three Fgf family members known to be secreted from signaling centers at the midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB), in rhombomere 4 and in caudal mesoderm at gastrula stages. We propose that an Fgf signal is required in the early gastrula to initiate hindbrain gene expression and that this is distinct from the later roles of Fgfs in patterning the hindbrain during late gastrula/early segmentation stages. We also find that blocking either retinoic acid (RA) or Fgf signaling disrupts hindbrain gene expression at gastrula stages, suggesting that both pathways are essential at this stage. However, both pathways must be blocked simultaneously to disrupt hindbrain gene expression at segmentation stages, indicating that these signaling pathways become redundant at later stages. Furthermore, exogenous application of RA or Fgf alone is sufficient to induce hindbrain genes in gastrula stage tissues, suggesting that the two-signal requirement can be overcome under some conditions. Our results demonstrate an early role for Fgf signaling and reveal a dynamic relationship between the RA and Fgf signaling pathways during hindbrain development.

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Citation: Brain Res Dev Brain Res. 2004 Jan 31;148(1):27-42.

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Link to Article in PubMed

Journal Title

Brain research. Developmental brain research

PubMed ID

14757516