Christopher S Blagden

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The patterning of vertebrate somitic muscle is regulated by signals from neighboring tissues. We examined the generation of slow and fast muscle in zebrafish embryos and show that Sonic hedgehog (Shh) secreted from the notochord can induce slow muscle from medial cells of the somite. Slow muscle derives from medial adaxial myoblasts that differentiate(More)
BACKGROUND Secreted Hedgehog (Hh) signalling molecules have profound influences on many developing and regenerating tissues. Yet in most vertebrate tissues it is unclear which Hh-responses are the direct result of Hh action on a particular cell type because Hhs frequently elicit secondary signals. In developing skeletal muscle, Hhs promote slow myogenesis(More)
Hedgehog proteins have been implicated in the control of myogenesis in the medial vertebrate somite. In the mouse, normal epaxial expression of the myogenic transcription factor gene myf5 is dependent on Sonic hedgehog. Here we examine in zebrafish the interaction between Hedgehog signals, the expression of myoD family genes, including the newly cloned(More)
Skeletal muscle within the vertebrate limb originates from the somite. Much work has focussed upon the role of secreted signalling molecules of the Hedgehog, fibroblast growth factor (FGF), bone morphogenetic protein (BMP), and Wnt families plus their associated antagonists in establishing somitic cell types, yet there is no consensus on how these signals(More)
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