The role of Irf6 in tooth epithelial invagination

James Blackburn, Atsushi Ohazama, Katsushige Kawasaki, Yoko Otsuka-Tanaka, Bigang Liu, Kenya Honda, Ryan B. Rountree, Yinling Hu, Maiko Kawasaki, Walter Birchmeier, Ruth Schmidt-Ullrich, Akira Kinoshita, Brian C. Schutte, Nigel L. Hammond, Michael J. Dixon, Paul T. Sharpe

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Thickening and the subsequent invagination of the epithelium are an important initial step in ectodermal organ development. Ikkα has been shown to play a critical role in controlling epithelial growth, since Ikkα mutant mice show protrusions (evaginations) of incisor tooth, whisker and hair follicle epithelium rather than invagination. We show here that mutation of the Interferon regulatory factor (Irf) family, Irf6 also results in evagination of incisor epithelium. In common with Ikkα mutants, Irf6 mutant evagination occurs in a NF-κB-independent manner and shows the same molecular changes as those in Ikkα mutants. Irf6 thus also plays a critical role in regulating epithelial invagination. In addition, we also found that canonical Wnt signaling is upregulated in evaginated incisor epithelium of both Ikkα and Irf6 mutant embryos.

ジャーナルDevelopmental Biology
出版ステータスPublished - 2012 5月 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • 分子生物学
  • 発生生物学
  • 細胞生物学


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