Spine Patterning Is Guided by Segmentation of the Notochord Sheath.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The spine is a segmented axial structure made of alternating vertebral bodies (centra) and intervertebral discs (IVDs) assembled around the notochord. Here, we show that, prior to centra formation, the outer epithelial cell layer of the zebrafish notochord, the sheath, segments into alternating domains corresponding to the prospective centra and IVD areas. This process occurs sequentially in an anteroposterior direction via the activation of Notch signaling in alternating segments of the sheath, which transition from cartilaginous to mineralizing domains. Subsequently, osteoblasts are recruited to the mineralized domains of the notochord sheath to form mature centra. Tissue-specific manipulation of Notch signaling in sheath cells produces notochord segmentation defects that are mirrored in the spine. Together, our findings demonstrate that notochord sheath segmentation provides a template for vertebral patterning in the zebrafish spine.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wopat, S; Bagwell, J; Sumigray, KD; Dickson, AL; Huitema, LFA; Poss, KD; Schulte-Merker, S; Bagnat, M

Published Date

  • February 20, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 2026 - 2038

PubMed ID

  • 29466731

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5860813

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2211-1247

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.celrep.2018.01.084


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States