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Dev Dyn 2019 Jul 01;2487:569-582. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.61.
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Vangl2 coordinates cell rearrangements during gut elongation.

Dush MK , Nascone-Yoder NM .

BACKGROUND: The embryonic gut tube undergoes extensive lengthening to generate the surface area required for nutrient absorption across the digestive epithelium. In Xenopus, narrowing and elongation of the tube is driven by radial rearrangements of its core of endoderm cells, a process that concomitantly opens the gut lumen and facilitates epithelial morphogenesis. How endoderm rearrangements are properly oriented and coordinated to achieve this complex morphogenetic outcome is unknown. RESULTS: We find that, prior to gut elongation, the core Wnt/PCP component Vangl2 becomes enriched at both the anterior and apical aspects of individual endoderm cells. In Vangl2-depleted guts, the cells remain unpolarized, down-regulate cell-cell adhesion proteins, and, consequently, fail to rearrange, leading to a short gut with an occluded lumen and undifferentiated epithelium. In contrast, endoderm cells with ectopic Vangl2 protein acquire abnormal polarity and adhesive contacts. As a result, endoderm cells also fail to rearrange properly and undergo ectopic differentiation, resulting in guts with multiple torturous lumens, irregular epithelial architecture, and variable intestinal topologies. CONCLUSIONS: Asymmetrical enrichment of Vangl2 in individual gut endoderm cells orients polarity and adhesion during radial rearrangements, coordinating digestive epithelial morphogenesis and lumen formation with gut tube elongation.

PubMed ID: 31081963
PMC ID: PMC6602813
Article link: Dev Dyn
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Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: cdh1 myh6 pmch prkci vangl2
GO keywords: foregut morphogenesis [+]
Morpholinos: vangl2 MO7

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References [+] :
Adler, The genetic control of tissue polarity in Drosophila. 1992, Pubmed