Expression of the epidermal growth factor receptor in developing fetal mouse palates: an immunohistochemical study

The American Journal of Anatomy
K ShiotaC Mori


Epidermal growth factor (EGF) stimulates the growth of various tissues and, therefore, EGF receptor expression in fetal tissues may play a key role in organogenesis. We have examined immunohistochemically the ontogeny and localization of the EGF receptor in the fetal mouse palate during in vivo and in vitro palatogenesis using the anti-human EGF receptor rabbit antibody. Immunoreactive products against the EGF receptor were observed in the palatal tissue examined on days 12, 13, and 14 of gestation. On days 12 and 13, the immunoreactive products were predominantly positive on the oral and medial edge epithelia but were minimal on the epithelium of the vertical shelf. The EGF receptor immunoreactivity was less intense in the posterior palate as compared with the midpalatal region. In the fusing palate of day 14 fetuses, the cells forming the midline epithelial seam were continuously positive for EGF-R immunoreactivity. The mesenchyme of palatal shelves also showed regional heterogeneity and temporal sequence in EGF receptor expression. The localization of the EGF receptor in fetal mouse palates cultured in a serumless medium generally simulated that observed in vivo.


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