Overexpression of XMyoD or XMyf5 in Xenopus embryos induces the formation of enlarged myotomes through recruitment of cells of nonsomitic lineage

D. C. Ludolph, A. W. Neff, Anthony Mescher, G. M. Malacinski, M. A. Parker, R. C. Smith

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The myogenic regulatory factors (MRFs) MyoD and Myf5 are the earliest described muscle-specific genes to be expressed in Xenopus development. To study the in vivo effects of overexpressing Xenopus MyoD and Myf5, synthetic RNAs were microinjected into single blastomeres of 2- to 32-cell stage Xenopus embryos. In vivo overexpression of these MRFs initiates the precocious and ectopic expression of actin and myosin. The effects of unilateral injection of either mRNA were indistinguishable; embryos injected at the 2-cell stage showed ipsilaterally enlarged cranial and anterior trunk myotomes composed of increased numbers of primary myotome myocytes. In addition, formation of ectopic muscle in lateral plate and neural tissue was observed. The MRF-induced effects persist through secondary myogenesis, with the enlarged cranial myotomes failing to undergo the normal program of degeneration. Experiments combining MRF RNA and lineage tracer injections showed that myotomal enlargement is due in part to the contribution of cells of nonsomitic lineage to the myotome, rather than to an increase in muscle precursor cell division. Over-expression of XMyoD and XMyf5 also affected the morphogenesis of the skin and the nervous system. These results reveal that overexpression of XMyoD or XMyf5 in vivo clearly influences the regulation of early myogenesis and the morphogenesis of skin and nervous tissue.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-33
Number of pages16
JournalDevelopmental Biology
Volume166
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1994

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Myogenic Regulatory Factors
Cell Lineage
Xenopus
Embryonic Structures
Muscle Development
Morphogenesis
Muscles
RNA
Neural Plate
Nerve Tissue
Blastomeres
Skin
Injections
Myosins
Cell Division
Muscle Cells
Nervous System
Actins
Messenger RNA
Genes

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Overexpression of XMyoD or XMyf5 in Xenopus embryos induces the formation of enlarged myotomes through recruitment of cells of nonsomitic lineage. / Ludolph, D. C.; Neff, A. W.; Mescher, Anthony; Malacinski, G. M.; Parker, M. A.; Smith, R. C.

In: Developmental Biology, Vol. 166, No. 1, 1994, p. 18-33.

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Ludolph, D. C. ; Neff, A. W. ; Mescher, Anthony ; Malacinski, G. M. ; Parker, M. A. ; Smith, R. C. / Overexpression of XMyoD or XMyf5 in Xenopus embryos induces the formation of enlarged myotomes through recruitment of cells of nonsomitic lineage. In: Developmental Biology. 1994 ; Vol. 166, No. 1. pp. 18-33.
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