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BMC Dev Biol 2008 Jul 28;8:74. doi: 10.1186/1471-213X-8-74.
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GATA4 and GATA5 are essential for heart and liver development in Xenopus embryos.

Haworth KE , Kotecha S , Mohun TJ , Latinkic BV .

BACKGROUND: GATA factors 4/5/6 have been implicated in the development of the heart and endodermal derivatives in vertebrates. Work in zebrafish has indicated that GATA5 is required for normal development earlier than GATA4/6. However, the GATA5 knockout mouse has no apparent embryonic phenotype, thereby questioning the importance of the gene for vertebrate development. RESULTS: In this study we show that in Xenopus embryos GATA5 is essential for early development of heart and liver precursors. In addition, we have found that in Xenopus embryos GATA4 is important for development of heart and liver primordia following their specification, and that in this role it might interact with GATA6. CONCLUSION: Our results suggest that GATA5 acts earlier than GATA4 to regulate development of heart and liver precursors, and indicate that one early direct target of GATA5 is homeobox gene Hex.

PubMed ID: 18662378
PMC ID: PMC2526999
Article link: BMC Dev Biol
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Species referenced: Xenopus
Genes referenced: gata4 gata5 gata6 hhex myl2 nkx2-5 nr1h5 odc1 tbx5 tnni3
Morpholinos: gata4 MO1 gata4 MO4 gata5 MO1 gata5 MO2 gata5 MO4

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Aries, Essential role of GATA-4 in cell survival and drug-induced cardiotoxicity. 2004, Pubmed