Influence of FGF4 and BMP4 on FGFR2 dynamics during the segregation of epiblast and primitive endoderm cells in the preimplantation mouse embryo

Marcelo D. Goissis, Brian Bradshaw, Eszter Posfai, Janet Rossant

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Abstract

Specification of the epiblast (EPI) and primitive endoderm (PE) in the mouse embryo involves fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling through the RAS/MAP kinase pathway. FGFR1 and FGFR2 are thought to mediate this signaling in the inner cell mass (ICM) of the mouse blastocyst and BMP signaling can also influence PE specification. In this study, we further explored the dynamics of FGFR2 expression through an enhanced green fluorescent protein (eGFP) reporter mouse line (FGFR2-eGFP). We observed that FGFR2-eGFP is present in the late 8-cell stage; however, it is absent or reduced in the ICM of early blastocysts. We then statistically correlated eGFP expression with PE and EPI markers GATA6 and NANOG, respectively. We detected that eGFP is weakly correlated with GATA6 in early blastocysts, but this correlation quickly increases as the blastocyst develops. The correlation between eGFP and NANOG decreases throughout blastocyst development. Treatment with FGF from the morula stage onwards did not affect FGFR2-eGFP presence in the ICM of early blastocysts; however, late blastocysts presented FGFR2-eGFP in all cells of the ICM. BMP treatment positively influenced FGFR2-eGFP expression and reduced the number of NANOG-positive cells in late blastocysts. In conclusion, FGFR2 is not strongly associated with PE precursors in the early blastocyst, but it is highly correlated with PE cells as blastocyst development progresses, consistent with the proposed role for FGFR2 in maintenance rather than initiating the PE lineage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere0279515
JournalPloS one
Volume18
Issue number7 July
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2023
Externally publishedYes

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