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Mech Dev. 2001 Jun;104(1-2):133-8.

Comparative analysis of the expression patterns of Wnts and Frizzleds during early myogenesis in chick embryos.

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  • 1Department of Biology, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA.


During embryogenesis, the transduction of Wnt signals through Frizzled receptors is thought to play integral roles in myogenesis and somite patterning. However, little is known about which Wnt-Frizzled interactions are required for skeletal myogenesis. Thus, we sought to determine which Wnts and Frizzled exhibit expression patterns that are spatiotemporally consistent with the expression of two myogenic determination factors: Myf-5 and MyoD. To accomplish this, we first isolated partial cDNAs for six chick Frizzled orthologues and then compared the expression patterns of chick Frizzleds and Wnts to myogenic and somite patterning factors, such as Myf-5, MyoD, Sonic Hedgehog (Shh), Pax-1 and Pax-3 in Hamburger and Hamilton stage 10 chick. We used these data to generate a schematic composite of expression patterns at the level of the segmental plate and developing somites (stage V) that shows multiple Frizzled and Wnt transcripts expressed in tissues that are overlapping and adjacent to Myf-5 and MyoD expressing tissues.

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