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Dev Growth Differ 2023 Apr 01;653:175-189. doi: 10.1111/dgd.12847.
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ccl19 and ccl21 affect cell movements and differentiation in early Xenopus development.

We characterized Xenopus laevis C-C motif chemokine ligand 19.L (ccl19.L) and C-C motif chemokine ligand 21.L (ccl21.L) during early Xenopus embryogenesis. The temporal and spatial expression patterns of ccl19.L and ccl21.L tended to show an inverse correlation, except that the expression level was higher in the dorsal side at the gastrula stage. For example, even at the dorsal sector of the gastrulae, ccl19.L was expressed in the axial region and ccl21.L was expressed in the paraxial region. Dorsal overexpression of ccl19.L and ccl21.L and knockdown of Ccl19.L and Ccl21.L inhibited gastrulation, but their functions were different in cell behaviors during morphogenesis. Observation of Keller sandwich explants revealed that overexpression of both ccl19.L and ccl21.L and knockdown of Ccl21.L inhibited the convergent extension movements, while knockdown of Ccl19.L did not. ccl19.L-overexpressing explants attracted cells at a distance and ccl21.L-overexpressing explants attracted neighboring cells. Ventral overexpression of ccl19.L and ccl21.L induced secondary axis-like structures and chrd.1 expression at the ventral side. Upregulation of chrd.1 was induced by ligand mRNAs through ccr7.S. Knockdown of Ccl19.L and Ccl21.L inhibited gastrulation and downregulated chrd.1 expression at the dorsal side. The collective findings indicate that ccl19.L and ccl21.L might play important roles in morphogenesis and dorsal-ventral patterning during early embryogenesis in Xenopus.

PubMed ID: 36861303
Article link: Dev Growth Differ
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Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: ag1 chrd.1 fn1 hbg1 krt12.4 myc myod1 odc1 szl
GO keywords: chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 19 binding [+]

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