Real-time observation of Wnt beta-catenin signaling in the chick embryo

Anne Caroline Rios, Nicolas Denans, Christophe Marcelle

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Abstract

A critical mediator of cell-cell signaling events during embryogenesis is the highly conserved Wnt family of secreted proteins. Reporter constructs containing multimerized TCF DNA binding sites have been used to detect Wnt beta-catenin dependent activity during animal development. In this report, we have constructed and compared several TCF green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter constructs. They contained 3, 8, or 12 TCF binding sites upstream of a minimal promoter driving native or destabilized enhanced GFP (EGFP). We have used the electroporation of somites in the chick embryo as a paradigm to test them in vivo. We have verified that they all respond to Wnt signaling in vivo. We have then assessed their efficiency at reflecting the activity of the Wnt pathway. Using destabilized EGFP reporter constructs, we show that somite cells dynamically regulate Wnt/beta-catenin-dependent signaling, a finding that was confirmed by performing time-lapse video confocal observation of electroporated embryos.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)346 - 353
Number of pages8
JournalDevelopmental Dynamics
Volume239
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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