This subproject is one of many research subprojects utilizing the resources provided by a Center grant funded by NIH/NCRR. Primary support for the subproject and the subproject's principal investigator may have been provided by other sources, including other NIH sources. The Total Cost listed for the subproject likely represents the estimated amount of Center infrastructure utilized by the subproject, not direct funding provided by the NCRR grant to the subproject or subproject staff. The goal of this project is to better understand the genetic control of early vertebrate tooth development. Several cell-signaling pathways are known to be necessary for proper tooth formation but the signals sufficient to induce de novo tooth development remain elusive. Employing a comparative phylogenetic approach, we seek to identify evolutionarily conserved genomic cis-regulatory sequences located in the vicinity of Dlx2, a gene expressed relatively early in vertebrate tooth development. We will then functionally test the ability of identified sequences to control gene expression during tooth development using transgenic reporter experiments in fish embryos. The identification of such elements will help us narrow down the list of candidate trans-acting genes near or at the top of the tooth initiation regulatory cascade. Finally, we will test the function of these candidate factors to induce tooth organogenesis in zebrafish embryos. The results from fish will likely be applicable to vertebrate tooth development in general and may facilitate future regenerative dental therapies in humans.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
Type
Exploratory Grants (P20)
Project #
5P20RR016463-11
Application #
8360307
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZRR1-RI-4 (01))
Project Start
2011-05-01
Project End
2012-04-30
Budget Start
2011-05-01
Budget End
2012-04-30
Support Year
11
Fiscal Year
2011
Total Cost
$140,567
Indirect Cost
Name
Mount Desert Island Biological Lab
Department
Type
DUNS #
077470003
City
Salsbury Cove
State
ME
Country
United States
Zip Code
04672
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