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Tissue organization in epithelial organs is achieved during development by the combined processes of cell differentiation and morphogenetic cell movements. In the kidney, the nephron is the functional organ unit. Each nephron is an epithelial tubule that is subdivided into discrete segments with specific transport functions. Little is known about how(More)
Transient receptor potential channels function in a wide spectrum of tissues and transduce sensory stimuli. The vanilloid (capsaicin) channel TRPV4 is sensitive to osmotic changes and plays a central role in osmoregulatory responses in a variety of organisms. We cloned a zebrafish trpv4 cDNA and assayed its expression during embryogenesis. trpv4 is(More)
Robo2 is the cell surface receptor for the repulsive guidance cue Slit and is involved in axon guidance and neuronal migration. Nephrin is a podocyte slit-diaphragm protein that functions in the kidney glomerular filtration barrier. Here, we report that Robo2 is expressed at the basal surface of mouse podocytes and colocalizes with nephrin. Biochemical(More)
Actin microridges form labyrinth like patterns on superficial epithelial cells across animal species. This highly organized assembly has been implicated in mucus retention and in the mechanical structure of mucosal surfaces, however the mechanisms that regulate actin microridges remain largely unknown. Here we characterize the composition and dynamics of(More)
Heterotrimeric G-protein signaling, involving alpha, beta and gamma subunits, plays a number of roles in differentiation and development. Individual gamma subunits interact with a beta subunit and as a heterodimer, is responsible for modulating many G protein-mediated cellular responses. The 12 gamma subunits in mammals have highly variable distribution and(More)
G proteins play an essential role in the transduction and propagation of extracellular signals across the plasma membrane. It was once thought that the G protein alpha subunit was the sole regulator of intracellular molecules. The G protein betagamma complex is now recognized as participating in many signaling events. While screening a zebrafish cDNA(More)
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