Fuz Mutant Mice Reveal Shared Mechanisms between Ciliopathies and FGF-Related Syndromes

Jacqueline M Tabler, William B Barrell, Heather L Szabo-Rogers, Christopher Healy, Yvonne Yeung, Elisa Gomez Perdiguero, Christian Schulz, Basil Z Yannakoudakis, Aida Mesbahi, Bogdan Wlodarczyk, Frederic Geissmann, Richard H Finnell, John B Wallingford, Karen J Liu

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Ciliopathies are a broad class of human disorders with craniofacial dysmorphology as a common feature. Among these is high arched palate, a condition that affects speech and quality of life. Using the ciliopathic Fuz mutant mouse, we find that high arched palate does not, as commonly suggested, arise from midface hypoplasia. Rather, increased neural crest expands the maxillary primordia. In Fuz mutants, this phenotype stems from dysregulated Gli processing, which in turn results in excessive craniofacial Fgf8 gene expression. Accordingly, genetic reduction of Fgf8 ameliorates the maxillary phenotypes. Similar phenotypes result from mutation of oral-facial-digital syndrome 1 (Ofd1), suggesting that aberrant transcription of Fgf8 is a common feature of ciliopathies. High arched palate is also a prevalent feature of fibroblast growth factor (FGF) hyperactivation syndromes. Thus, our findings elucidate the etiology for a common craniofacial anomaly and identify links between two classes of human disease: FGF-hyperactivation syndromes and ciliopathies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-635
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopmental Cell
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2013


  • Animals
  • Bardet-Biedl Syndrome
  • Cell Movement
  • Ciliary Motility Disorders
  • Craniofacial Abnormalities
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 8
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Kruppel-Like Transcription Factors
  • Maxilla
  • Mice
  • Mice, Mutant Strains
  • Neural Crest
  • Orofaciodigital Syndromes
  • Palate
  • Phenotype


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