Expression and Function of Ccbe1 in the Chick Early Cardiogenic Regions Are Required for Correct Heart Development

João Furtado, Margaret Bento, Elizabeth Correia, José Manuel Inácio, José António Belo

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Abstract

During the course of a differential screen to identify transcripts specific for chick heart/hemangioblast precursor cells, we have identified Ccbe1 (Collagen and calcium-binding EGF-like domain 1). While the importance of Ccbe1 for the development of the lymphatic system is now well demonstrated, its role in cardiac formation remained unknown. Here we show by whole-mount in situ hybridization analysis that cCcbe1 mRNA is initially detected in early cardiac progenitors of the two bilateral cardiogenic fields (HH4), and at later stages on the second heart field (HH9-18). Furthermore, cCcbe1 is expressed in multipotent and highly proliferative cardiac progenitors. We characterized the role of cCcbe1 during early cardiogenesis by performing functional studies. Upon morpholino-induced cCcbe1 knockdown, the chick embryos displayed heart malformations, which include aberrant fusion of the heart fields, leading to incomplete terminal differentiation of the cardiomyocytes. cCcbe1 overexpression also resulted in severe heart defects, including cardia bifida. Altogether, our data demonstrate that although cardiac progenitors cells are specified in cCcbe1 morphants, the migration and proliferation of cardiac precursors cells are impaired, suggesting that cCcbe1 is a key gene during early heart development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)Online
JournalPLoS ONE
Volume9
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • CARDIAC PROGENITOR CELLS
  • AVIAN PRECARDIAC CELLS
  • NEURAL CREST
  • EXTRACELLULAR-MATRIX
  • TRANSCRIPTION FACTOR
  • VENTRAL MORPHOGENESIS
  • MOVEMENT PATTERNS
  • CONDUCTION SYSTEM
  • TUBE FORMATION
  • MIGRATION

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