ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-140513-366
Endothelial cell-cell adhesion during zebrafish vascular development
Lagendijk, A.K., Yap, A.S., Hogan, B.M.
Date: 2014
Source: Cell adhesion & migration   8(2): 136-145 (Review)
Registered Authors: Hogan, Ben M.
Keywords: adherens junction, adhesion, anastomosis, angiogenesis, cadherin, cytoskeleton, time-lapse, transgenic, vascular, zebrafish
MeSH Terms:
  • Adherens Junctions/genetics
  • Adherens Junctions/metabolism
  • Animals
  • Cadherins/metabolism
  • Cell Adhesion/genetics*
  • Cytoskeleton/genetics
  • Cytoskeleton/metabolism
  • Embryonic Development/genetics*
  • Endothelium, Vascular/cytology
  • Endothelium, Vascular/growth & development*
  • Humans
  • Neovascularization, Physiologic/genetics*
  • Zebrafish
PubMed: 24621476
The vertebrate vasculature is an essential organ network with major roles in health and disease. The establishment of balanced cell-cell adhesion in the endothelium is crucial for the functionality of the vascular system. Furthermore, the correct patterning and integration of vascular endothelial cell-cell adhesion drives the morphogenesis of new vessels, and is thought to couple physical forces with signaling outcomes during development. Here, we review insights into this process that have come from studies in zebrafish. First, we describe mutants in which endothelial adhesion is perturbed, second we describe recent progress using in vivo cell biological approaches that allow the visualization of endothelial cell-cell junctions. These studies underline the profound potential of this model system to dissect in great detail the function of both known and novel regulators of endothelial cell-cell adhesion.