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The TGF beta Type II Receptor Plays a Critical Role in the Endothelial Cells During Cardiac Development

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Andrew Robson, Kathleen Allinson, Professor Bob Anderson, Professor Deborah HendersonORCiD, Professor Helen ArthurORCiD


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TGF beta signalling is required for normal cardiac development. To investigate which cell types are involved, we used mice carrying a foxed Type II TGF beta receptor (Tgfbr2fl) allele and Cre-lox genetics to deplete this receptor in different regions of the heart. The three target tissues and corresponding Cre transgenic lines were atrioventricular myocardium (using cGata6-Cre), ventricular myocardium (using MIc2v-Cre), and vascular endothelium (using tamoxifen-activated Cdh5(PAC)-CreERT2). Spatio-temporal Cre activity in each case was tracked via lacZ activation from the Rosa26R locus. Atrioventricular-myocardial-specific Tgfbr2 knockout (KO) embryos had short septal leaflets of the tricuspid valve, whereas ventricular myocardial-specific KO embryos mainly exhibited a normal cardiac phenotype. Inactivation of Tgfbr2 in endothelial cells from E11.5 resulted in deficient ventricular septation, accompanied by haemorrhage from cerebral blood vessels. We conclude that TGF beta signalling through the Tgfbr2 receptor, in endothelial cells, plays an important role in cardiac development, and is essential for cerebral vascular integrity. Developmental Dynamics 239:2435-2442, 2010. (c) 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

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Author(s): Robson A, Allinson KR, Anderson RH, Henderson DJ, Arthur HM

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Developmental Dynamics

Year: 2010

Volume: 239

Issue: 9

Pages: 2435-2442

Print publication date: 22/07/2010

ISSN (print): 1058-8388

ISSN (electronic): 1097-0177

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


DOI: 10.1002/dvdy.22376


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Borwick Trust