Role of Delta-like-4/Notch in the Formation and Wiring of the Lymphatic Network in Zebrafish

I Geudens, Robert Herpers, K Hermans, I Segura, CR de Almodovar, Hans Bussmann, F De Smet, W Vandevelde, BM Hogan, A Siekmann, F Claes, JC Moore, AS Pistocchi, S Loges, M Mazzone, G Mariggi, F Bruyere, F Cotelli, D Kerjaschki, A NoelJM Foidart, H Gerhardt, A Ny, T Langenberg, ND Lawson, Eric Duckers, S Schulte-Merker, P Carmeliet, M Dewerchin

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Objective-To study whether Notch signaling, which regulates cell fate decisions and vessel morphogenesis, controls lymphatic development. Methods and Results-In zebrafish embryos, sprouts from the axial vein have lymphangiogenic potential because they give rise to the first lymphatics. Knockdown of delta-like-4 (Dll4) or its receptors Notch-1b or Notch-6 in zebrafish impaired lymphangiogenesis. Dll4/Notch silencing reduced the number of sprouts producing the string of parchordal lymphangioblasts; instead, sprouts connecting to the intersomitic vessels were formed. At a later phase, Notch silencing impaired navigation of lymphatic intersomitic vessels along their arterial templates. Conclusion-These studies imply critical roles for Notch signaling in the formation and wiring of the lymphatic network. (Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2010; 30: 1695-1702.)
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Pages (from-to)1695-U60
JournalArteriosclerosis Thrombosis & Vascular Biology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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