Mathieu Dandonneau

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The signalling molecule WNT4 has been associated with sex reversal phenotypes in mammals. Here we show that the role of WNT4 in gonad development is to pattern the sex-specific vasculature and to regulate steroidogenic cell recruitment. Vascular formation and steroid production in the mammalian gonad occur in a sex-specific manner. During testis(More)
Genes previously implicated in mammalian sexual development have either a male- or female-specific role. The signaling molecule WNT4 has been shown to be important in female sexual development. Lack of Wnt4 gives rise to masculinization of the XX gonad and we showed previously that the role of WNT4 was to inhibit endothelial and steroidogenic cell migration(More)
Molecular determinants of threshold sensitivity of mammalian mechanoreceptors are unknown. Here, we identify a mechanosensitive (MS) K(+) current (IKmech) that governs mechanical threshold and adaptation of distinct populations of mechanoreceptors. Toxin profiling and transgenic mouse studies indicate that IKmech is carried by Kv1.1-Kv1.2 heteromers.(More)
Outflow tract myocardium in the mouse heart is derived from the anterior heart field, a subdomain of the second heart field. We have recently characterized a transgene (y96-Myf5-nlacZ-16), which is expressed in the inferior wall of the outflow tract and then predominantly in myocardium at the base of the pulmonary trunk. Transgene A17-Myf5-nlacZ-T55 is(More)
BACKGROUND Rapid growth of the embryonic heart occurs by addition of progenitor cells of the second heart field to the poles of the elongating heart tube. Failure or perturbation of this process leads to congenital heart defects. In order to provide further insight into second heart field development we characterized the insertion site of a transgene(More)
TBX1, encoding a T-box containing transcription factor, is the major candidate gene for del22q11.2 or DiGeorge syndrome, characterized by craniofacial and cardiovascular defects including tetralogy of Fallot and common arterial trunk. Mice lacking Tbx1 have severe defects in the development of pharyngeal derivatives including cardiac progenitor cells of the(More)
Primary cilium has emerged as mechanosensor to subtle flow variations in epithelial cells, but its role in shear stress detection remains controversial. To probe the function of this non-motile organelle in shear stress detection by cells, we compared calcium signalling responses induced by shear stress in ciliated and unciliated MDCK cells. Cytosolic free(More)
Vertebrate craniofacial and trunk myogenesis are regulated by distinct genetic programs. Tbx1, homologue of the del22q11.2 syndrome candidate gene TBX1, controls branchiomeric craniofacial muscle development. Here, we demonstrate using immunohistochemistry that myogenic regulatory factors are activated in Tbx1-positive cells within pharyngeal mesoderm.(More)
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