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During mouse lung morphogenesis, the distal mesenchyme regulates the growth and branching of adjacent endoderm. We report here that fibroblast growth factor 10 (Fgf10) is expressed dynamically in the mesenchyme adjacent to the distal buds from the earliest stages of lung development. The temporal and spatial pattern of gene expression suggests that Fgf10(More)
Vertebrate limb formation has been known to be initiated by a factor(s) secreted from the lateral plate mesoderm. In this report, we provide evidence that a member of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) family, FGF10, emanates from the prospective limb mesoderm to serve as an endogenous initiator for limb bud formation. Fgf10 expression in the prospective(More)
Tyrosine-specific protein kinase activity of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor, pp60v-src and pp110gag-fes was inhibited in vitro by an isoflavone genistein. The inhibition was competitive with respect to ATP and noncompetitive to a phosphate acceptor, histone H2B. By contrast, genistein scarcely inhibited the enzyme activities of serine- and(More)
The interactions between fibroblast growth factors (FGF) and their receptors have important roles in mediating mesenchymal-epithelial cell interactions during embryogenesis. In particular, Fgf10 is predicted to function as a regulator of brain, lung and limb development on the basis of its spatiotemporal expression pattern in the developing embryo. To(More)
A low-specificity L-threonine aldolase (L-TA) gene from Pseudomonas sp. strain NCIMB 10558 was cloned and sequenced. The gene contains an open reading frame consisting of 1,041 nucleotides corresponding to 346 amino acid residues. The gene was overexpressed in Escherichia coli cells, and the recombinant enzyme was purified and characterized. The enzyme,(More)
During mammalian development, many cells are programmed to die most mediated by apoptosis. The Fas antigen coded by the structural gene for mouse lymphoproliferation mutation (lpr), is a cell surface protein belonging to the tumour necrosis factor/nerve growth factor receptor family, and mediates apoptosis. The Fas antigen messenger RNA is expressed in the(More)
The importance of mesenchymal-epithelial interactions for the proper development of the pancreas has been acknowledged since the early 1960s, even though the molecule(s) mediating this process have remained unknown. We demonstrate here that Fgf10, a member of the fibroblast growth factor family (FGFs), plays an essential role in this process. We show that(More)
The development of the pancreas depends on epithelial-mesenchymal interactions. Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) and their receptors (FGFRs 1-4) have been identified as mediators of epithelial-mesenchymal interactions in different organs. We show here that FGFR-2 IIIb and its ligands FGF-1, FGF-7, and FGF-10 are expressed throughout pancreatic development.(More)
Rac1, a member of the Rho family small GTPases, regulates E-cadherin-mediated cell-cell adhesion. However, it remains to be clarified how the localization and activation of Rac1 are regulated at sites of cell-cell contact. Here, using enhanced green fluorescence protein (EGFP)-tagged Rac1, we demonstrate that EGFP-Rac1 is colocalized with E-cadherin at(More)
We isolated the cDNA encoding a novel member of the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) family from rat embryos by homology-based polymerase chain reaction. The FGF-related cDNA encodes a protein of 215 amino acids (approximately 24 kDa), which has a conserved approximately 120-amino acid core with approximately 30-60% amino acid sequence identity with the FGF(More)