Drs. Huang and Goudy contributed equally to this work.
Patterns & Phenotypes
Gli3-deficient mice exhibit cleft palate associated with abnormal tongue development
Article first published online: 24 SEP 2008
Copyright © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Special Issue: Special Focus on the Extracellular Matrix, in Memory of Dr. Elizabeth D. Hay
Volume 237, Issue 10, pages 3079–3087, October 2008
How to Cite
Huang, X., Goudy, S. L., Ketova, T., Litingtung, Y. and Chiang, C. (2008), Gli3-deficient mice exhibit cleft palate associated with abnormal tongue development. Dev. Dyn., 237: 3079–3087. doi: 10.1002/dvdy.21714
- Issue published online: 24 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 24 SEP 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 JUL 2008
- Gli3 cleft palate tongue;
- cell proliferation;
Palatogenesis depends on appropriate growth, elevation, and fusion of the palatal shelves and aberration in these processes can lead to palatal clefting. We observed a high incidence of palate clefting in mice deficient in Gli3, known for its role as a repressor in the absence of Shh signaling. In contrast with several current mouse models of cleft palate, Meckel's cartilage extension, cranial neural crest migration, palatal shelf proliferation, apoptosis, and key signaling components mediated by Shh, Bmp, Fgf, and Tgfβ, appeared unaffected in Gli3−/− mice. Palatal clefting in Gli3−/− mice was consistently associated with tongue abnormalities such as failure to flatten and improper positioning, implicating a critical role of Gli3 and normal tongue morphogenesis for timely palatal shelf elevation and joining. Furthermore, Gli3−/− palatal shelves grown in roller cultures without tongue can fuse suggesting that the abnormal tongue is likely an impediment for palatal shelf joining in Gli3−/− mutants. Developmental Dynamics 237:3079–3087, 2008. © 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc.