Crosstalk between AHR and Wnt signaling through R-Spondin1 impairs tissue regeneration in zebrafish.

TitleCrosstalk between AHR and Wnt signaling through R-Spondin1 impairs tissue regeneration in zebrafish.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsMathew, LK, Sengupta, SS, LaDu, J, Andreasen, EA, Tanguay, RL
JournalFASEB J
Date Published2008 Aug
KeywordsAnimals, Base Sequence, DNA, Environmental Pollutants, Gene Expression, Gene Targeting, HMGB Proteins, Low Density Lipoprotein Receptor-Related Protein-6, Polychlorinated Dibenzodioxins, Receptor Cross-Talk, Receptors, Aryl Hydrocarbon, Receptors, LDL, Regeneration, SOX9 Transcription Factor, Thrombospondins, Toxicogenetics, Wnt Proteins, Zebrafish, Zebrafish Proteins

Exposure to dioxins, including 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), causes a wide array of toxicities in vertebrates, which are mostly considered to be mediated through the inappropriate activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) signaling pathway. Although transcriptional regulation by AHR is widely studied, the molecular mechanisms responsible for the adverse outcomes after AHR activation are largely unknown. To identify the important downstream events of AHR activation, we employed the zebrafish caudal fin regeneration model, where AHR activation blocks the regenerative process. Comparative toxicogenomic analysis revealed that both adult and larval fins respond to TCDD during regeneration with misexpression of Wnt signaling pathway members and Wnt target genes. R-Spondin1, a novel ligand for the Wnt coreceptor, was highly induced, and we hypothesized that misexpression of R-Spondin1 is necessary for AHR activation to block regeneration. Partial antisense repression of R-Spondin1 reversed the inhibitory effect of TCDD, and tissue regeneration was restored. This finding demonstrates that inhibition of regeneration by TCDD is mediated by misinduction of R-Spondin1. Because R-Spondin1 signals through the Wnt coreceptor LRP6, we further demonstrated that the TCDD-mediated block in regeneration is also LRP6 dependent. Collectively, these results indicate that inappropriate regulation of R-Spondin/LRP6 is absolutely required for TCDD to inhibit fin regeneration.

Alternate JournalFASEB J.
PubMed ID18495758
PubMed Central IDPMC2493445
Grant ListES00210 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States
P30 ES003850 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States
ES03850 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States
ES10820 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States
R01 ES010820 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States
P30 ES000210 / ES / NIEHS NIH HHS / United States