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The elongating mouse anteroposterior axis is supplied by progenitors with distinct tissue fates. It is not known whether these progenitors confer anteroposterior pattern to the embryo. We have analysed the progenitor population transcriptomes in the mouse primitive streak and tail bud throughout axial elongation. Transcriptomic signatures distinguish three known progenitor types (neuromesodermal, lateral/paraxial mesoderm and notochord progenitors; NMPs, LPMPs and NotoPs). Both NMP and LPMP transcriptomes change extensively over time. In particular, NMPs upregulate Wnt, Fgf, and Notch signalling components and many Hox genes as progenitors transit from production of the trunk to the tail and expand in number. In contrast, the transcriptome of NotoPs is stable throughout axial elongation and they are required for normal axis elongation. These results suggest that NotoPs act as a progenitor niche while anteroposterior patterning originates within NMPs and LPMPs.
- lateral and paraxial mesoderm
- notochord progenitors
Wymeersch, F. (Creator), Skylaki, S. (Creator), Huang, Y. (Creator), Watson, J. (Creator), Economou, C. (Creator), Marek-Johnston, C. (Creator), Tomlinson, S. (Creator) & Wilson, V. (Creator), National Center for Biotechnology Information (Gene Expression Omnibus), 6 Oct 2018