Timed mutation and cell-fate mapping reveal reiterated roles of Tbx1 during embryogenesis, and a crucial function during segmentation of the pharyngeal system via regulation of endoderm expansion

Huansheng Xu, Fabiana Cerrato, Antonio Baldini

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Abstract

The definition of time-specific requirements for a developmental gene can pinpoint the processes within which the gene is involved and can reveal potential late functions in structures and organs that fail to develop in germline mutants. Here, we show the first systematic time-course deletion, in parallel with timed cell fate mapping, of a developmentally crucial gene, Tbx1, during mouse embryogenesis. Tbx1 mouse mutants model DiGeorge syndrome, a disorder of pharyngeal and cardiovascular development. Results revealed different time requirements for the development of individual structures, as well as multiple and time-distinct roles during the development of the same organ or system. We also show that Tbx1 is required throughout pharyngeal segmentation for the regulation of endoderm expansion, thus this is the first gene implicated directly in this process. A genetic-based blueprint of crucial developmental times for organs and systems should be a valuable asset for our understanding of birth defect pathogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4387-4395
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopment
Volume132
Issue number19
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2005

Keywords

  • DiGeorge syndrome
  • Tbx1
  • Timed mutation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Cell Biology

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