Daniel Witcher

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Gene targeting studies indicate that sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling plays an essential role during craniofacial development. Because numerous mandibular derivatives (e.g., teeth, tongue, Meckel's cartilage) are absent in Shh null mice and the embryonic submandibular salivary gland (SMG) develops from the mandibular arch, we postulated that Shh signaling is(More)
Analyses of Fgf10 and Fgfr2b mutant mice, as well as human studies, suggest that FGF10/FGFR2b signaling may play an essential, nonredundant role during embryonic SMG development. To address this question, we have analyzed the SMG phenotype in Fgf10 and Fgfr2b heterozygous and null mutant mice. In addition, although previous studies suggest that the(More)
The hedgehog (Hh) signaling pathway has been shown to be essential for craniofacial development. Although mandibular arch derivatives are largely absent in Shh null mice, little is known about the role of Hh signaling during Meckel's cartilage development per se. Mandible development is dependent on the morphogenesis of Meckel's cartilage, which then serves(More)
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