ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-151104-8
Asymmetric cell convergence-driven fin bud initiation and pre-pattern requires Tbx5a control of a mesenchymal Fgf signal
Mao, Q., Stinnett, H.K., Ho, R.K.
Date: 2015
Source: Development (Cambridge, England)   142(24): 4329-39 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Ho, Robert K.
Keywords: Limb-field (fin-field), Limb bud (fin bud), Lateral plate mesoderm, Cell migration, Chemoattractant, Tbx5a, Fgf24, Holt–Oram syndrome, Zebrafish
MeSH Terms:
  • Animal Fins/cytology*
  • Animal Fins/embryology*
  • Animals
  • Body Patterning*
  • Cell Movement
  • Cell Tracking
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/metabolism
  • Fibroblast Growth Factors/metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Mesoderm/metabolism*
  • RNA, Messenger/genetics
  • RNA, Messenger/metabolism
  • Signal Transduction*/genetics
  • Single-Cell Analysis
  • T-Box Domain Proteins/genetics
  • T-Box Domain Proteins/metabolism*
  • Time-Lapse Imaging
  • Zebrafish/embryology*
  • Zebrafish/genetics
  • Zebrafish Proteins/metabolism*
PubMed: 26525676 Full text @ Development
Tbx5 plays a pivotal role in vertebrate forelimb initiation and loss-of-function experiments result in deformed or absent forelimbs in all taxa studied to date. Combining single-cell fate mapping and 3D cell tracking in the zebrafish, we describe a Tbx5a-dependent cell convergence pattern that is both asymmetric and topological within the fin-field lateral plate mesoderm during early fin bud initiation. We further demonstrate that a mesodermal Fgf24 convergence cue controlled by Tbx5a underlies this asymmetric convergent motility. Partial reduction in Tbx5a or Fgf24 levels disrupts the normal fin-field cell motility gradient and results in anteriorly biased perturbations of fin-field cell convergence and truncations in the pectoral fin skeleton, resembling aspects of the forelimb skeletal defects that define Holt-Oram Syndrome patients. This study provides a quantitative reference model for fin-field cell motility during vertebrate fin bud initiation and suggests that a pre-pattern of AP fate specification is already present in the fin-field before or during migration as perturbations to these early cell movements result in the alteration of specific fates.