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Tissue and molecular heterogeneities are present in the developing secondary palate along the anteroposterior (AP) axis in mice. Here, we show that Wnt5a and its receptor Ror2 are expressed in a graded manner along the AP axis of the palate. Wnt5a deficiency leads to a complete cleft of the secondary palate, which exhibits distinct phenotypic alterations at(More)
The basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor Hand2 has been implicated in the development of multiple organs, including craniofacial organs. Mice carrying Hand2 hypomorphic alleles (Hand2(LoxP/-)) display a cleft palate phenotype. A specific deletion of the Hand2 branchial arch-specific enhancer also leads to a hypoplastic mandible and cleft(More)
Asymmetric expression of sonic hedgehog (Shh) in the left side of Hensen's node, a crucial step for specifying the left-right (LR) axis in the chick embryo, is established by the repression of Shh expression in the right side of the node. The transcriptional regulator that mediates this repression has not been identified. We report the isolation and(More)
Many genes are known to function in a region-specific manner in the developing secondary palate. We have previously shown that Shox2-deficient embryos die at mid-gestation stage and develop an anterior clefting phenotype. Here, we show that mice carrying a conditional inactivation of Shox2 in the palatal mesenchyme survive the embryonic and neonatal(More)
RNA interference (RNAi) has recently become a powerful tool to silence gene expression in mammalian cells, but its application in assessing gene function in mammalian developing organs remains highly limited. Here we describe several unique developmental properties of the mouse molar germ. Embryonic molar mesenchyme, but not the incisor mesenchyme, once(More)
A critical regulatory laterality gene expressed in the left side of the straight heart tube during development is Pitx2, which when mutated in humans underlies Rieger's Syndrome. Previously reported results have indicated that, when using gain-of-function and loss-of function approaches of the chick cPitx2c isoform, this results in randomization of heart(More)
Nucleophosmin-mutated acute myeloid leukemia (NPM1mut-AML) patients have a high rate of complete remission (CR) to induction chemotherapy. However, the mechanisms responsible for such effects are unknown. Because miR-10 family members are expressed at high levels in NPM1mut-AML, we evaluated whether these microRNAs could predict chemotherapy response in(More)
BMP signaling plays many important roles during organ development, including palatogenesis. Loss of BMP signaling leads to cleft palate formation. During development, BMP activities are finely tuned by a number of modulators at the extracellular and intracellular levels. Among the extracellular BMP antagonists is Noggin, which preferentialy binds to BMP2,(More)
Chromosome maintenance protein 1 (CRM1) is a nuclear export receptor involved in the active transport of tumor suppressors (e.g., p53 and nucleophosmin) whose function is altered in cancer because of increased expression and overactive transport. Blocking CRM1-mediated nuclear export of such proteins is a novel therapeutic strategy to restore tumor(More)
Lung cancer is one of the most lethal cancers in China because of high incidence and high mortality. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and vessel endothelial growth factor C (VEGF-C) were found to play an important role in lymphangiogenesis of malignant tumors. In this study, we investigated whether lymphatic microvessel density (LMVD) is related to the prognosis in(More)