Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Nature. 1996 Aug 1;382(6590):452-5.

Induction of a specific muscle cell type by a hedgehog-like protein in zebrafish.

Author information

  • 1Molecular Embryology Laboratory, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, London, UK.

Abstract

The notochord plays a central role in vertebrate development, acting as a signalling source that patterns the neural tube and somites. In in vitro assays, the secreted protein Sonic hedgehog mimics the inducing effects of notochord on both presomitic mesoderm and neural plate explants of amniote embryos, suggesting that both patterning activities of the notochord may be mediated by this protein in vivo. In zebrafish, however, mutants with disrupted notochord development lack a specific muscle cell type, the muscle pioneers, although they retain the ability to induce neural differentiation, raising the possibility that neural tube and somite patterning may be mediated by distinct signals. Here we describe a new member of the hedgehog family, echidna hedgehog, that is expressed exclusively in the notochord and has the ability to rescue the differentiation of muscle pioneer cells in mutants with no notochord. Moreover, we show that a combination of ectopic echidna hedgehog and sonic hedgehog expression induces supernumary muscle pioneers in wild-type embryos, suggesting that both signals act sequentially to pattern the developing somites.

PMID:
8684485
[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Nature Publishing Group
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk