ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-200508-8
Fgfr3 is a positive regulator of osteoblast expansion and differentiation during zebrafish skull vault development
Dambroise, E., Ktorza, I., Brombin, A., Abdessalem, G., Edouard, J., Luka, M., Fiedler, I., Binder, O., Pelle, O., Patton, E.E., Busse, B., Menager, M., Sohm, F., Legeai-Mallet, L.
Date: 2020
Source: Journal of bone and mineral research : the official journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research   35(9): 1782-1797 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Brombin, Alessandro, Patton, E. Elizabeth, Sohm, Frédéric
Keywords: none
Microarrays: GEO:GSE144944
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Osteoblasts
  • Osteogenesis
  • Receptor, Fibroblast Growth Factor, Type 3/genetics
  • Skull
  • Zebrafish*
  • Zebrafish Proteins/genetics
PubMed: 32379366 Full text @ J. Bone Miner. Res.
Gain or loss-of-function mutations in fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) result in cranial vault defects highlighting the protein's role in membranous ossification. Zebrafish express high levels of fgfr3 during skull development; in order to study FGFR3's role in cranial vault development, we generated the first fgfr3 loss-of-function zebrafish (fgfr3lof/lof ). The mutant fish exhibited major changes in the craniofacial skeleton, with a lack of sutures, abnormal frontal and parietal bones, and the presence of ectopic bones. Integrated analyses (in vivo imaging, and single-cell RNA sequencing of the osteoblast lineage) of zebrafish fgfr3lof/lof revealed a delay in osteoblast expansion and differentiation, together with changes in the extracellular matrix. These findings demonstrate that fgfr3 is a positive regulator of osteogenesis. We conclude that changes in the extracellular matrix within growing bone might impair cell-cell communication, mineralization, and new osteoblast recruitment.