ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-150509-8
Egfl6 is involved in zebrafish notochord development
Wang, X., Wang, X., Yuan, W., Chai, R., Liu, D.
Date: 2015
Source: Fish physiology and biochemistry   41(4): 961-9 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Liu, Dong
Keywords: Egfl6, notochord, development, zebrafish, notch
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Dipeptides/pharmacology
  • Membrane Glycoproteins/genetics
  • Membrane Glycoproteins/metabolism*
  • Notochord/growth & development*
  • RNA, Messenger/metabolism
  • Receptors, Notch/antagonists & inhibitors
  • Zebrafish/genetics
  • Zebrafish/growth & development*
  • Zebrafish/metabolism
  • Zebrafish Proteins/genetics
  • Zebrafish Proteins/metabolism*
PubMed: 25952972 Full text @ Fish Physiol. Biochem.
The epidermal growth factor (EGF) repeat motif defines a superfamily of diverse protein involved in regulating a variety of cellular and physiological processes, such as cell cycle, cell adhesion, proliferation, migration, and neural development. Egfl6, an EGF protein, also named MAGE was first cloned in human tissue. Up to date, the study of zebrafish Egfl6 expression pattern and functional analysis of Egfl6 involved in embryonic development of vertebrate in vivo is thus far lacking. Here we reported that Egfl6 was involved in zebrafish notochord development. It was shown that Egfl6 mRNA was expressed in zebrafish, developing somites, fin epidermis, pharyngeal arches, and hindbrain region. Particularly the secreted Egfl6 protein was significantly accumulated in notochord. Loss of Egfl6 function in zebrafish embryos resulted in curved body with distorted notochord in the posterior trunk. It was observed that expression of all Notch ligand and receptors in notochord of 28 hpf Egfl6 morphants was not affected, except notch2, which was up-regulated. We found that inhibition of Notch signaling by DAPT efficiently rescued notochord developmental defect of Egfl6 deficiency embryos.