Role of delta-like-4/Notch in the formation and wiring of the lymphatic network in zebrafish

I. Geudens, R. Herpers, K. Hermans, I. Segura, C. Ruiz de Almodovar, J. Bussmann, F. De Smet, W. Vandevelde, B.M. Hogan, A. Siekmann, F. Claes, J. Moore, A.S. Pistocchi, S. Loges, M. Mazzone, G. Mariggi, F. Bruyere, F. Cotelli, D. Kerjaschki, A. NoelJ.M. Foidart, H. Gerhardt, A. Ny, T. Langenberg, N. Lawson, H.J. Duckers, S. Schulte-Merker, P. Carmeliet, M. Dewerchin

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OBJECTIVE: To study whether Notch signaling, which regulates cell fate decisions and vessel morphogenesis, controls lymphatic development. METHODS AND RESULTS: In zebrafish embryos, sprouts from the axial vein have lymphangiogenic potential because they give rise to the first lymphatics. Knockdown of delta-like-4 (Dll4) or its receptors Notch-1b or Notch-6 in zebrafish impaired lymphangiogenesis. Dll4/Notch silencing reduced the number of sprouts producing the string of parchordal lymphangioblasts; instead, sprouts connecting to the intersomitic vessels were formed. At a later phase, Notch silencing impaired navigation of lymphatic intersomitic vessels along their arterial templates. CONCLUSIONS: These studies imply critical roles for Notch signaling in the formation and wiring of the lymphatic network.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1695-1702
JournalArtheriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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