The emerging role of Wnt/PCP signaling in organ formation

Rodney M. Dale, Barbara E. Sisson, Jacek Topczewski

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Over the last two decades zebrafish has been an excellent model organism to study vertebrate development. Mutant analysis combined with gene knockdown and other manipulations revealed an essential role of Wnt signaling, independent of β-catenin, during development. Especially well characterized is the function of Wnt/planar cell polarity (PCP) signaling in the regulation of gastrulation movements and neurulation, described in other reviews within this special issue. Here, we set out to highlight some of the new and exciting research that is being carried out in zebrafish to elucidate the role that Wnt/PCP signaling plays in the formation of specific organs, including the lateral line, craniofacial development, and regeneration. We also summarized the emerging connection of the Wnt/PCP pathway with primary cilia function, an essential organelle in several organ activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Developmental Biology


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