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Defective Vagal Innervation in Murine Tbx1 Mutant Hearts

Calmont, A; Anderson, N; Suntharalingham, JP; Ang, R; Tinker, A; Scambler, PJ; (2018) Defective Vagal Innervation in Murine Tbx1 Mutant Hearts. Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease , 5 (4) , Article 49. 10.3390/jcdd5040049. Green open access

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Abstract

Haploinsufficiency of the T-box transcription factor TBX1 is responsible for many features of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Tbx1 is expressed dynamically in the pharyngeal apparatus during mouse development and Tbx1 homozygous mutants display numerous severe defects including abnormal cranial ganglion formation and neural crest cell defects. These abnormalities prompted us to investigate whether parasympathetic (vagal) innervation of the heart was affected in Tbx1 mutant embryos. In this report, we used an allelic series of Tbx1 mouse mutants, embryo tissue explants and cardiac electrophysiology to characterise, in detail, the function of Tbx1 in vagal innervation of the heart. We found that total nerve branch length was significantly reduced in Tbx1+/- and Tbx1neo2/- mutant hearts expressing 50% and 15% levels of Tbx1. We also found that neural crest cells migrated normally to the heart of Tbx1+/-, but not in Tbx1neo2 mutant embryos. In addition, we showed that cranial ganglia IXth and Xth were fused in Tbx1neo2/- but neuronal differentiation appeared intact. Finally, we used telemetry to monitor heart response to carbachol, a cholinergic receptor agonist, and found that heart rate recovered more quickly in Tbx1+/- animals versus controls. We speculate that this condition of decreased parasympathetic drive could result in a pro-arrhythmic substrate in some 22q11.2DS patients.

Type: Article
Title: Defective Vagal Innervation in Murine Tbx1 Mutant Hearts
Location: Switzerland
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3390/jcdd5040049
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/jcdd5040049
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: DiGeorge Syndrome, Tbx1, cranial nerves, innervation, neural crest cells
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057291
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