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Dev Dyn 2016 Apr 01;2454:472-82. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.24386.
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Proper Notch activity is necessary for the establishment of proximal cells and differentiation of intermediate, distal, and connecting tubule in Xenopus pronephros development.

Katada T , Sakurai H .

BACKGROUND: Notch signaling in pronephros development has been shown to regulate establishment of glomus and proximal tubule, but how Notch signal works on competency of pronephric anlagen during the generation of pronephric components remains to be understood. RESULTS: We investigated how components of pronephros (glomus, proximal tubule, intermediate tubule, distal tubule, and connecting tubule) were generated in Xenopus embryos by timed overactivation and suppression of Notch signaling. Notch activation resulted in expansion of the glomus and disruption of the proximal tubule formation. Inhibition of Notch signaling reduced expression of wt1 and XSMP-30. In addition, when Notch signaling was overactivated at stage 20 on, intermediate, distal, and connecting tubule markers, gremlin and clcnkb, were decreased while Notch down-regulation increased gremlin and clcnkb. Similar changes were observed with segmental markers, cldn19, cldn14, and rhcg on activation or inhibition of Notch. Although Notch did not affect the expression of pan-pronephric progenitor marker, pax2, its activation inhibited lumen formation in the pronephros. CONCLUSIONS: Notch signal is essential for glomus and proximal tubule development and inhibition of Notch is critical for the differentiation of the intermediate, distal, and connecting tubule.

PubMed ID: 26773453
Article link: Dev Dyn

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: clcnkb cldn14 cldn19 grem1 notch1 pax2 rhcg wt1

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