Anthony A. Capehart

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The heart defect (hdf) mouse is a recessive lethal that arose from a transgene insertional mutation on chromosome 13. Embryos homozygous for the transgene die in utero by embryonic day 10.5 postcoitus and exhibit specific defects along the anterior-posterior cardiac axis. The future right ventricle and conus/truncus of the single heart tube fail to form and(More)
Somatolactin (SL) is a pituitary hormone belonging to the growth hormone/prolactin superfamily, with recognizable homologues in all fish taxa examined to date. Although sequences from most fish share reasonably high sequence identity, several more highly divergent SLs have been reported. Goldfish SL and a second SL protein found in rainbow trout (rtSLP) are(More)
ES/130 is a novel 130-kDa protein that has been linked previously to the transformation of endocardial endothelium into cushion mesenchyme. In the present study we report the localization of protein and mRNA for ES/130 in stages 7-plus through 20 chick embryos and present functional data related to a potential mechanism for ES/130. The temporal and spatial(More)
The tectorial membrane (TM) is an acellular connective tissue overlying the sensory hair cells of the organ of Corti. Association of the tectorial membrane with the stereocilia of the sensory hair cells is necessary for proper auditory function. During development, the mature tectorial membrane is thought to arise by fusion of a "major" and "minor"(More)
It has been suggested that the matrix proteoglycan, versican, may perform a functional role during early events of limb skeletogenesis largely by virtue of its spatiotemporal expression pattern in precartilage mesenchymal aggregations. The versican-deficient hdf transgenic mouse has provided the first model to explore the implications of a null mature(More)
The extracellular matrix (ECM) plays a critical role in governing cell behavior and phenotype during limb skeletogenesis. Chondroitin sulfate proteoglycans (Cspgs) are highly expressed in the ECM of precartilage mesenchymal condensations and are important to limb chondrogenesis and cartilage structure, but little is known regarding their involvement in(More)
Mesenchymal cell aggregation is critical for cartilage formation in the vertebrate limb. The extracellular matrix (ECM) plays a critical role in governing cell behavior and cell phenotype in this tissue, and the hyalectin versican is highly expressed in the ECM of precartilage mesenchymal cells and developing synovial joints. Although several in vitro(More)
Versican, an extracellular matrix proteoglycan, has been implicated in limb development and is expressed in precartilage mesenchymal condensations. However, studies have lacked precise spatial and temporal investigation of versican localization during skeletogenesis and its relationship to patterning of muscle and nerve during mammalian limb development.(More)
Lateral plate mesoderm is native to the developing limb while other cells such as neurons extend migratory axonal processes from the neural tube. Questions regarding how axons migrate to their proper location in the developing limb remain unanswered. Extracellular matrix molecules expressed in developing limb cartilages, such as the versican proteoglycan,(More)
Versican is highly expressed in developing joint interzones during limb morphogenesis. This study was undertaken to examine whether proteolytic cleavage of versican occurs that could potentially impact its function during the process of embryonic synovial joint formation. Using an antibody to the DPEAAE neoepitope generated by ADAMTS proteolysis, versican(More)