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Dev Biol. 1993 Jan;155(1):107-23.

Different members of the fibroblast growth factor receptor family are specific to distinct cell types in the developing chicken embryo.

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Department of Molecular and Cellular Growth Biology, Whittier Institute for Diabetes and Endocrinology, La Jolla, California 92037.


Single-stranded RNA probes for the three chicken fibroblast growth factor (FGF) receptors, cek-1, cek-2, and cek-3, in conjunction with in situ hybridization were used to characterize the distribution of the corresponding mRNAs in the developing chicken embryo. Cek-1 was expressed diffusely in most tissues examined, whereas the expression of cek-2 and cek-3 was more restricted. The highest levels of FGF receptor expression were seen in the developing bones; in skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscle; and in some areas of the brain. Although all three receptors were expressed in a number of the same tissues, the expression of each receptor within a given tissue was generally specific for different cell types. In addition, the distribution of each of these receptors did not correlate with the previously characterized distributions of individual FGFs. These results suggest that the members of the FGF receptor family may represent cell-type-specific receptors rather than ligand-specific receptors. Thus, the interaction between a growth factor of the FGF family and a given FGF receptor is likely to be controlled to a large extent by spatial constraints, rather than exclusively by high binding affinities.

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