Hand2 Is an Essential Regulator for Two Notch-Dependent Functions within the Embryonic Endocardium

Nathan J. VanDusen, Jose Casanovas, Joshua W. Vincentz, Beth A. Firulli, Marco Osterwalder, Javier Lopez-Rios, Rolf Zeller, Bin Zhou, Joaquim Grego-Bessa, JoséLuis DeLaPompa, Weinian Shou, Anthony B. Firulli

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Abstract

The basic-helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factor Hand2 plays critical roles during cardiac morphogenesis via expression and function within myocardial, neural crest, and epicardial cell populations. Here, we show that Hand2 plays two essential Notch-dependent roles within the endocardium. Endocardial ablation of Hand2 results in failure to develop a patent tricuspid valve, intraventricular septum defects, and hypotrabeculated ventricles, which collectively resemble the human congenital defect tricuspid atresia. We show endocardial Hand2 to be an integral downstream component ofa Notch endocardium-to-myocardium signaling pathway and a direct transcriptional regulator of Neuregulin1. Additionally, Hand2 participates in endocardium-to-endocardium-based cell signaling, with Hand2 mutant hearts displaying an increased density of coronary lumens. Molecular analyses further reveal dysregulation of several crucial components of Vegf signaling, including VegfA, VegfR2, Nrp1, and VegfR3. Thus, Hand2 functions as a crucial downstream transcriptional effector of endocardial Notch signaling during both cardiogenesis and coronary vasculogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2071-2083
Number of pages13
JournalCell Reports
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 24 2014

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Endocardium
Cell signaling
Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors
Defects
Tricuspid Atresia
Ablation
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor A
Tricuspid Valve
Neural Crest
Morphogenesis
Cells
Myocardium
Population

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VanDusen, N. J., Casanovas, J., Vincentz, J. W., Firulli, B. A., Osterwalder, M., Lopez-Rios, J., ... Firulli, A. B. (2014). Hand2 Is an Essential Regulator for Two Notch-Dependent Functions within the Embryonic Endocardium. Cell Reports, 9(6), 2071-2083. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2014.11.021

Hand2 Is an Essential Regulator for Two Notch-Dependent Functions within the Embryonic Endocardium. / VanDusen, Nathan J.; Casanovas, Jose; Vincentz, Joshua W.; Firulli, Beth A.; Osterwalder, Marco; Lopez-Rios, Javier; Zeller, Rolf; Zhou, Bin; Grego-Bessa, Joaquim; DeLaPompa, JoséLuis; Shou, Weinian; Firulli, Anthony B.

In: Cell Reports, Vol. 9, No. 6, 24.12.2014, p. 2071-2083.

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VanDusen, NJ, Casanovas, J, Vincentz, JW, Firulli, BA, Osterwalder, M, Lopez-Rios, J, Zeller, R, Zhou, B, Grego-Bessa, J, DeLaPompa, J, Shou, W & Firulli, AB 2014, 'Hand2 Is an Essential Regulator for Two Notch-Dependent Functions within the Embryonic Endocardium', Cell Reports, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 2071-2083. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2014.11.021
VanDusen NJ, Casanovas J, Vincentz JW, Firulli BA, Osterwalder M, Lopez-Rios J et al. Hand2 Is an Essential Regulator for Two Notch-Dependent Functions within the Embryonic Endocardium. Cell Reports. 2014 Dec 24;9(6):2071-2083. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2014.11.021
VanDusen, Nathan J. ; Casanovas, Jose ; Vincentz, Joshua W. ; Firulli, Beth A. ; Osterwalder, Marco ; Lopez-Rios, Javier ; Zeller, Rolf ; Zhou, Bin ; Grego-Bessa, Joaquim ; DeLaPompa, JoséLuis ; Shou, Weinian ; Firulli, Anthony B. / Hand2 Is an Essential Regulator for Two Notch-Dependent Functions within the Embryonic Endocardium. In: Cell Reports. 2014 ; Vol. 9, No. 6. pp. 2071-2083.
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