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Cre/lox-controlled spatiotemporal perturbation of FGF signaling in zebrafish


Kirchgeorg, Lucia; Felker, Anastasia; van Oostrom, Marek; Chiavacci, Elena; Mosimann, Christian (2018). Cre/lox-controlled spatiotemporal perturbation of FGF signaling in zebrafish. Developmental Dynamics, 247(10):1146-1159.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Spatiotemporal perturbation of signaling pathways in vivo remains challenging and requires precise transgenic control of signaling effectors. Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling guides multiple developmental processes, including body axis formation and cell fate patterning. In zebrafish, mutants and chemical perturbations affecting FGF signaling have uncovered key developmental processes; however, these approaches cause embryo-wide perturbations, rendering assessment of cell-autonomous vs. non-autonomous requirements for FGF signaling in individual processes difficult. RESULTS Here, we created the novel transgenic line fgfr1-dn-cargo, encoding dominant-negative Fgfr1a with fluorescent tag under combined Cre/lox and heatshock control to perturb FGF signaling spatiotemporally. Validating efficient perturbation of FGF signaling by fgfr1-dn-cargo primed with ubiquitous CreERT2, we established that primed, heatshock-induced fgfr1-dn-cargo behaves similarly to pulsed treatment with the FGFR inhibitor SU5402. Priming fgfr1-dn-cargo with CreERT2 in the lateral plate mesoderm triggered selective cardiac and pectoral fin phenotypes without drastic impact on overall embryo patterning. Harnessing lateral plate mesoderm-specific FGF inhibition, we recapitulated the cell-autonomous and temporal requirement for FGF signaling in pectoral fin outgrowth, as previously inferred from pan-embryonic FGF inhibition. CONCLUSIONS As a paradigm for rapid Cre/lox-mediated signaling perturbations, our results establish fgfr1-dn-cargo as a genetic tool to define the spatiotemporal requirements for FGF signaling in zebrafish. Developmental Dynamics 247:1146-1159, 2018. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Spatiotemporal perturbation of signaling pathways in vivo remains challenging and requires precise transgenic control of signaling effectors. Fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling guides multiple developmental processes, including body axis formation and cell fate patterning. In zebrafish, mutants and chemical perturbations affecting FGF signaling have uncovered key developmental processes; however, these approaches cause embryo-wide perturbations, rendering assessment of cell-autonomous vs. non-autonomous requirements for FGF signaling in individual processes difficult. RESULTS Here, we created the novel transgenic line fgfr1-dn-cargo, encoding dominant-negative Fgfr1a with fluorescent tag under combined Cre/lox and heatshock control to perturb FGF signaling spatiotemporally. Validating efficient perturbation of FGF signaling by fgfr1-dn-cargo primed with ubiquitous CreERT2, we established that primed, heatshock-induced fgfr1-dn-cargo behaves similarly to pulsed treatment with the FGFR inhibitor SU5402. Priming fgfr1-dn-cargo with CreERT2 in the lateral plate mesoderm triggered selective cardiac and pectoral fin phenotypes without drastic impact on overall embryo patterning. Harnessing lateral plate mesoderm-specific FGF inhibition, we recapitulated the cell-autonomous and temporal requirement for FGF signaling in pectoral fin outgrowth, as previously inferred from pan-embryonic FGF inhibition. CONCLUSIONS As a paradigm for rapid Cre/lox-mediated signaling perturbations, our results establish fgfr1-dn-cargo as a genetic tool to define the spatiotemporal requirements for FGF signaling in zebrafish. Developmental Dynamics 247:1146-1159, 2018. © 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:English
Date:October 2018
Deposited On:15 Feb 2019 11:11
Last Modified:25 Sep 2019 00:08
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
ISSN:1058-8388
OA Status:Closed
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1002/dvdy.24668
PubMed ID:30194800

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