Embryonic taste bud primordia are specified as taste placodes on the tongue surface and differentiate into the first taste receptor cells (TRCs) at birth. Throughout adult life, TRCs are continually regenerated from epithelial progenitors. Sonic hedgehog (SHH) signaling regulates TRC development and renewal, repressing taste fate embryonically, but promoting TRC differentiation in adults. Here, using mouse models, we show TRC renewal initiates at birth and coincides with onset of SHHs pro-taste function. Using transcriptional profiling to explore molecular regulators of renewal, we identified Foxa1 and Foxa2 as potential SHH target genes in lingual progenitors at birth, and show SHH overexpression in vivo alters FoxA1 and FoxA2 expression relevant to taste buds. We further bioinformatically identify genes relevant to cell adhesion and cell locomotion likely regulated by FOXA1;FOXA2, and show expression of these candidates is also altered by forced SHH expression. We present a new model where SHH promotes TRC differentiation by regulating changes in epithelial cell adhesion and migration.
Sequencing data have been deposited in GEO under accession code GSE159941https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/geo/query/acc.cgi?acc=GSE159941
- Linda A Barlow
- Erin J Golden
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Animal experimentation: Male and female mice were maintained, bred, and embryos and pups at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU AMC) in accordance with approved protocols #00150 and #52815(02)1C by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at CU AMC. All animals were euthanized via chilling and CO2 prior to tissue harvest to minimize suffering.
- Valerie Horsley, Yale University, United States
© 2021, Golden et al.
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