Redundant Roles for Sox7 and Sox18 in Arteriovenous Specification in Zebrafish
- Herpers, R., van de Kamp, E., Duckers, H.J., and Schulte-Merker, S.
- Circulation research 102(1): 12-15 (Journal)
- Registered Authors
- Herpers, Robert, Schulte-Merker, Stefan
- zebrafish, sox7, sox18, AV-differentiation, hypotrichosis–lymphedema–telangiectasia, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia
- MeSH Terms
- Aorta/growth & development
- Arteries/growth & development
- Blood Vessels/abnormalities
- Blood Vessels/embryology
- Blood Vessels/growth & development*
- DNA-Binding Proteins/analysis
- DNA-Binding Proteins/physiology
- Embryonic Induction*
- High Mobility Group Proteins/analysis
- High Mobility Group Proteins/physiology*
- SOXF Transcription Factors
- Transcription Factors/analysis
- Transcription Factors/physiology
- Veins/growth & development
- Zebrafish Proteins/physiology
- 18032732 Full text @ Circ. Res.
Herpers, R., van de Kamp, E., Duckers, H.J., and Schulte-Merker, S. (2008) Redundant Roles for Sox7 and Sox18 in Arteriovenous Specification in Zebrafish. Circulation research. 102(1):12-15.
The specification of arteries and veins is an essential process in establishing and maintaining a functional blood vessel system. Incorrect arteriovenous specification disrupts embryonic development but has also been diagnosed in human syndromes such as hypotrichosis-lymphedema-telangiectasia, characterized by defects in blood and lymphatic vessels and associated with mutations in SOX18. Here we characterize the role of sox7 and sox18 during zebrafish vasculogenesis. Sox7 and sox18 are specifically expressed in the developing vasculature, and simultaneous loss of their function results in a severe loss of the arterial identity of the presumptive aorta which instead expresses venous markers, followed by dramatic arteriovenous shunt formations. Our study identifies members of the Sox family as key factors in specifying arteriovenous identity and will help to better understand Hypotrichosis-lymphedema-telangiectasia and other diseases.
Genes / Markers
Mutations / Transgenics
Human Disease / Model
Sequence Targeting Reagents
Engineered Foreign Genes