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Despite recent advances in delineating the mechanisms involved in cardiogenesis, cellular lineage specification remains incompletely understood. To explore the relationship between developmental fate and potential, we isolated a cardiac-specific Nkx2.5(+) cell population from the developing mouse embryo. The majority of these cells differentiated into(More)
Heparan sulfate (HS) has been shown to be involved in left-right asymmetry formation, including the process of dextral heart looping during embryonic development. The structural features of HS required in this process, however, have not been explored. In this study, we examined the structure of HS from the heart-forming regions (or heart fields) of(More)
The vertebrate intermediate mesoderm (IM) is highly patterned along the anterior-posterior (A-P) axis. In the chick embryo, the kidney tissue, which is a derivative of the IM, is generated only from IM located posterior to the sixth somite axial level, which also marks the border between cranial and trunk segments. The cellular and molecular mechanisms that(More)
Novel regenerative therapies may stem from deeper understanding of the mechanisms governing cardiovascular lineage diversification. Using enhancer mapping and live imaging in avian embryos, and genetic lineage tracing in mice, we investigated the spatio-temporal dynamics of cardiovascular progenitor populations. We show that expression of the cardiac(More)
The vertebrate body plan contains both dorsal and ventral midline structures. While dorsal midline structures have been extensively studied, formation of ventral midline structures, and how they become aligned with the dorsal midline, is a fundamental aspect of vertebrate development that is poorly understood. This study uses the chick dorsal mesentery (DM)(More)
The adrenal cortex is a critical steroidogenic endocrine tissue, generated at least in part from intermediate mesoderm of the anterior urogenital ridge. Previous work has pinpointed a minor role of the FGFR2IIIb isoform in expansion and differentiation of the fetal adrenal cortex in mice but did not address the complete role of FGFR2 and FGFR1 signaling in(More)
Research Experience Thorough knowledge in the following techniques:  Molecular Biology  Preparation of frozen samples and cryostat sectioning, immunohistochemistry, and histology staining  Tissue culture and primary cell isolation  In-vivo work – Mice handling, genotyping, and subcutaneous tumor implantation  Surgical micro-manipulation and(More)
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