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Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2004 Aug 20;3212:487-94. doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2004.06.166.
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The role of Xenopus frizzled-8 in pronephric development.

Satow R , Chan TC , Asashima M .

Vertebrates use two or three forms of kidney successively during development and the nephric duct is essential for this succession of kidney induction. While transcripts of many Wnt ligands and Wnt receptor Frizzled genes have been localized in developing kidney, the relationship between Wnt signaling and nephric duct development remains unknown. This study investigated the role of Xenopus frizzled-8 (Xfz8) in pronephros development. Translational inhibition of Xfz8 caused a significant reduction in the staining of a duct-specific antibody, but did not affect the expression of early pronephric maker genes in the duct region. Defects in pronephric tubule branching were also observed following inhibition of Xfz8. Histological analysis revealed that the Xfz8-inhibited cells failed to form a normal epithelium structure. These results suggest that Xfz8 is involved in the process of normal epithelium formation in the developing pronephric duct and tubules after specification.

PubMed ID: 15358202
Article link: Biochem Biophys Res Commun

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: fzd8
Morpholinos: fzd8 MO3

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