Denise Tefft

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To form a diffusible interface large enough to conduct respiratory gas exchange with the circulation, the lung endoderm undergoes extensive branching morphogenesis and alveolization, coupled with angiogenesis and vasculogenesis. It is becoming clear that many of the key factors determining the process of branching morphogenesis, particularly of the(More)
Experimental evidence is rapidly emerging that the coupling of positive regulatory signals with the induction of negative feedback modulators is a mechanism of fine regulation in development. Studies in Drosophila and chick have shown that members of the SPROUTY family are inducible negative regulators of growth factors that act through tyrosine kinase(More)
Vascular endothelial growth factor-A (VEGF-A) signaling directs both vasculogenesis and angiogenesis. However, the role of VEGF-A ligand signaling in the regulation of epithelial-mesenchymal interactions during early mouse lung morphogenesis remains incompletely characterized. Fetal liver kinase-1 (Flk-1) is a VEGF cognate receptor (VEGF-R2) expressed in(More)
Murine Sprouty2 (mSpry2) is a conserved ortholog of Drosophila Sprouty, a gene that inhibits several tyrosine kinase receptor pathways, resulting in net reduction of mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase activation. However, the precise mechanism mediating mSpry2 function as a negative regulator in tyrosine kinase growth factor pathways that regulate(More)
BACKGROUND The role of ss-catenin signaling in mesodermal lineage formation and differentiation has been elusive. METHODOLOGY To define the role of ss-catenin signaling in these processes, we used a Dermo1(Twist2)(Cre/+) line to target a floxed beta-catenin allele, throughout the embryonic mesenchyme. Strikingly, the Dermo1(Cre/+); beta-catenin(f/-)(More)
Herein we posit that modeling of the lungs during morphogenesis, repair, and regeneration is tightly coordinated by conserved stimulatory and inhibitory signaling mechanisms, including specific transcriptional factors, cytokines, peptide growth factors, proteases, and matrix elements. This evolutionary-developmental (evo-devo) functional conservation has(More)
Murine lung development begins at embryonic day (E) 9.5. Normal lung structure and function depend on the patterns of localization of differentiated cells. Pulmonary mesenchymal cell lineages have been relatively unexplored. Importantly, there has been no prior evidence of clonality of any lung cells. Herein we use a definitive genetic approach to(More)
We evaluated the role of the key pulmonary morphogenetic gene fibroblast growth factor-10 (Fgf10) in murine nitrofen-induced primary lung hypoplasia, which is evident before the time of diaphragm closure. In situ hybridization and competitive RT-PCR revealed a profound disturbance in the temporospatial pattern as well as a 10-fold decrease in mRNA(More)
Mesothelial Fibroblast Growth Factor 9 (Fgf9) has been demonstrated by inactivation studies in mouse to be critical for the proliferation of the mesenchyme. We now show that Fgf9 is also expressed at significant levels in the distal epithelium from the mid-pseudoglandular stages. Using mesenchymal-free lung endoderm culture, we show that FGF9 triggers the(More)
Branching morphogenesis of many organs, including the embryonic lung, is a dynamic process in which growth factor mediated tyrosine kinase receptor activation is required, but must be tightly regulated to direct ramifications of the terminal branches. However, the specific regulators that modulate growth factor signaling downstream of the tyrosine kinase(More)