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Dev Dyn. 1994 Mar;199(3):169-75.

Expression of the platelet-derived growth factor beta receptor during organogenesis and tissue differentiation in the mouse embryo.

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Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California-San Francisco 94143.


In this study we used in situ hybridization to localize expression of the platelet-derived growth factor beta (PDGF beta) receptor mRNA during organogenesis in the mouse embryo (E 9.5-16.5). Expression was first seen in periaortic mesenchyme (E 9.5-10.5). Later (E 12.5-E 16.5), the receptor was expressed in the mesenchymal component of many developing tissues and organs, particularly derivatives of the primitive gut. The expression was exceptionally high in mesenchyme directly supporting an epithelium, typical of many developing organs such as the trachea and intestine. However, as the mesenchyme differentiated into smooth muscle, PDGF beta receptor mRNA was no longer detected. The expression of the PDGF beta receptor mRNA in mesenchymal components of developing organs, along with its absence in epithelial tissues, indicates that it may play a role in mesenchymal-epithelial interactions during organ development. Somewhat unexpectedly, the PDGF beta receptor was highly expressed in the endothelium of small blood vessels and vascular structures such as the hyaloid plexus and choroid plexus. In large blood vessels, PDGF beta receptor mRNA was found in the mesenchyme surrounding the endothelium. This suggests that the PDGF beta receptor is involved in growth and development of blood vessels.

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