Norifumi Tatsumi

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The specified hepatic endoderm (hepatoblasts), the bipotential progenitor for hepatocytes and bile duct epithelial cells, proliferates during the primordial stages of liver development. Despite extensive studies, the mechanism that regulates proliferation of bipotential hepatoblasts is not fully understood. Here we show that Id3, a negative regulator of(More)
Hepatoblasts have the potential to differentiate into both hepatocytes and biliary epithelial cells through a differentiation program that has not been fully elucidated. With the aim to better define the mechanism of differentiation of hepatoblasts, we isolated hepatoblasts and established new culture systems. We isolated hepatoblasts from E12.5 fetal mouse(More)
Intrahepatic bile ducts (IHBDs) are indispensable for transporting bile secreted from hepatocytes to the hepatic duct. The biliary epithelial cells (BECs) of the IHBD arise from bipotent hepatoblasts around the portal vein, suggesting the portal mesenchyme is essential for their development. However, except for Notch or Activin/TGF-beta signaling molecules,(More)
During development of left-right asymmetry in the vertebrate embryo, Nodal plays a central role for determination of left-handedness. Bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling has an important role for regulation of Nodal expression, although there is controversy over whether BMP signaling has a positive or negative effect on Nodal expression in the chick(More)
Hepatic epithelial morphogenesis, including hepatoblast migration and proliferation in the septum transversum, requires the interaction of hepatic epithelium with the embryonic sinusoidal wall. No factors that mediate this interaction have yet been identified. As the beta-catenin pathway is active in hepatoblast proliferation, then Wnt ligands might(More)
The chick embryo has been used widely for studying liver development. However, in the past 30 years, the usage has decreased markedly due to lack of appropriate marker genes for differentiation in the developing chick liver. To use the chick embryo for analyzing the molecular mechanism of liver development, we surveyed marker genes in the developing chick(More)
During chick liver development, the liver bud arises from the foregut, invaginates into the septum transversum, and elongates along and envelops the ductus venosus. However, the mechanism of liver bud migration is only poorly understood. Here, we demonstrate that a GDNF family ligand involved in neuronal outgrowth and migration, neurturin (NRTN), and its(More)
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