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Mech Dev. 2002 Jun;114(1-2):115-8.

A hierarchy of gene expression accompanying induction of the primitive streak by Vg1 in the chick embryo.

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  • 1Department of Genetics and Development, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, 701 West 168th Street, New York, NY 10032, USA.


In the chick embryo, two secreted factors have recently be shown to cooperate in inducing the first axial structure, the primitive streak: cWnt8C (normally expressed around the circumference of the embryo, in the marginal zone) and the TGF beta superfamily member cVg1 (expressed in the posterior part of the marginal zone) (Development 128 (2001) 2915). Misexpression of Vg1 in the anterior marginal zone induces an ectopic primitive streak and recapitulates the morphological changes associated with normal primitive streak formation. Here, we analyse the time-course of appearance and disappearance of expression of 12 genes (cVg1, Lef1, Nodal, FGF8, cWnt8C, cBra, cNot1, goosecoid, HNF3 beta, Chordin, Otx2 and Sox3, whose normal expression is also polarized at early stages of development) in response to cVg1 misexpression in the anterior marginal zone. We show that a hierarchy of gene expression accompanies induction of the ectopic axis, reminiscent of the order in which the same genes begin to be expressed in the normal embryo.

Copyright 2002 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

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