Christopher S Blagden

Learn More
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)
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)
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)
  • 1