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Biochem Biophys Res Commun August 8, 2008; 372 (4): 886-91.
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XRASGRP2 expression during early development of Xenopus embryos.

Nagamine K , Matsuda A , Asashima M , Hori T .

Previously, we described the DNA microarray screening of vascular endothelial cells that were formed by treatment of aggregates prepared from Xenopus animal cap cells with activin and angiopoietin-2. One of the genes identified in this screening showed homology to human RASGRP2 which plays a role in the regulation of GTP-GDP exchange of the Ras and Rap proteins, and was named XRASGRP2. In the present study, we analyzed the expression pattern of xrasgrp2 during Xenopus embryogenesis. The xrasgrp2 mRNA was expressed after stage 24, as assessed by stage PCR analysis. Whole-mount in situ hybridization showed that xrasgrp2 mRNA was located in the vascular region of the embryo. Loss-of-function analysis revealed that the formation of blood and endothelial cells in the explants transplanted into Xenopus embryos was inhibited by antisense morpholino oligonucleotides that block xrasgrp2 translation. These results suggest that XRASGRP2 plays a role in angiogenesis in Xenopus embryos.

PubMed ID: 18539143
Article link: Biochem Biophys Res Commun

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: aplnr rasgrp2
GO keywords: angiogenesis
Morpholinos: rasgrp2 MO3

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