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== Signalling and morphogenesis ==
== Signalling and morphogenesis ==
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All organs in the body originate from relatively simple structures in the embryo. For example a simple epithelial tube, the neural tube, develops into the highly complex brain.  The many forces and growth factors that act upon embryonic tissues are precisely coordinated to shape the morphogenesis of more complex structures.  
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All organs in the body originate from relatively simple structures in the embryo. For example a simple epithelial tube, the neural tube, develops into the highly complex brain.  The many forces and growth factors that act upon embryonic tissues are precisely coordinated to shape the morphogenesis of more complex structures. We are interested in understanding how signalling centres are established in the embryo and how signalling pathways are regulated during development. Current research projects in the lab primarily focus on the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signalling pathway and our aim is to elucidate how deregulated FGF signalling results in birth defects and cellular malfunction. We are particulalrly interested in understanding the functions of the Sprouty genes, which encode FGF antagonists, Tbx1, a T-box transcription factor implicated in DiGeorge syndrome and Chd7, a chromatin remodeller, mutated in CHARGE syndrome. We are studying the role of these genes in the development of the pharyngeal apparatus and the cerebellum and the biology of adult stem cells.
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We are interested in the role intracellular regulators of specific signalling pathways play during organogenesis. Many cell surface receptors use reversible tyrosine phosphorylation as a means of signal transduction. Studies have suggested that these signalling pathways are not merely ON/OFF switches but that subtle differences in signal strength and duration often result in profoundly different outcomes.
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The broad aim of our research is to understand how intracellular signalling regulators of the Sprouty family are employed to coordinate organogenesis. Recent observations suggest that these genes may also play key roles in controlling organ and tissue maintenance by regulating MAPK signalling in fibroblasts and stem cells.
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== News ==
== News ==

Revision as of 14:17, 1 January 2011

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Welcome to the Basson lab at King's College London

Our research is aimed at understanding the signalling mechanisms that control morphogenesis of complex structures and organs in the developing embryo and newborn

Signalling and morphogenesis

All organs in the body originate from relatively simple structures in the embryo. For example a simple epithelial tube, the neural tube, develops into the highly complex brain. The many forces and growth factors that act upon embryonic tissues are precisely coordinated to shape the morphogenesis of more complex structures. We are interested in understanding how signalling centres are established in the embryo and how signalling pathways are regulated during development. Current research projects in the lab primarily focus on the fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signalling pathway and our aim is to elucidate how deregulated FGF signalling results in birth defects and cellular malfunction. We are particulalrly interested in understanding the functions of the Sprouty genes, which encode FGF antagonists, Tbx1, a T-box transcription factor implicated in DiGeorge syndrome and Chd7, a chromatin remodeller, mutated in CHARGE syndrome. We are studying the role of these genes in the development of the pharyngeal apparatus and the cerebellum and the biology of adult stem cells.

News

Our lab is now affiliated with the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology [1]

Click on the link at the top of the page for our provisional programme for this year's KCL Mouse Genetics Club.

Publications in press

Shea, K.L., Xiang, W., LaPorta, V.S., Licht, J.D., Keller, C., Basson, M.A. & Brack, A.S. (2010) Sprouty1 regulates self-renewal of the adult muscle stem cell pool during regeneration. Cell Stem Cell in press.
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