Regulation of lymphatic-blood vessel separation by endothelial Rac1

Gabriela D'Amico, Dylan T. Jones, Emma Nye, Karen Sapienza, Antoine R. Ramjuan, Louise E. Reynolds, Stephen D. Robinson, Vassiliki Kostourou, Dolores Martinez, Deborah Aubyn, Richard Grose, Gareth J. Thomas, Bradley Spencer-Dene, Daniel Zicha, Derek Davies, Victor Tybulewicz, Kairbaan M. Hodivala-Dilke

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Sprouting angiogenesis and lymphatic-blood vessel segregation both involve the migration of endothelial cells, but the precise migratory molecules that govern the decision of blood vascular endothelial cells to segregate into lymphatic vasculature are unknown. Here, we deleted endothelial Rac1 in mice (Tie1-Cre+;Rac1fl/fl) and revealed, unexpectedly, that whereas blood vessel morphology appeared normal, lymphatic-blood vessel separation was impaired, with corresponding edema, haemorrhage and embryonic lethality. Importantly, normal levels of Rac1 were essential for directed endothelial cell migratory responses to lymphatic-inductive signals. Our studies identify Rac1 as a crucial part of the migratory machinery required for endothelial cells to separate and form lymphatic vasculature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4043-4053
Number of pages11
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009

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