Real time quantification of apical polarity protein reveals novel dynamic processes in luminal network establishment and remodeling in the pancreas

Abigail Laura Jackson, Silja Heilmann, Christine Ebied, Jelena Miskovic Krivokapic, Jose Alejandro Romero Herrer, Henrik Semb, Pia Nyeng

Publikation: Working paperPreprint


During embryogenesis dynamic changes in tissue architecture transform primitive anlages to functional organs. Here we document in real time how pancreatic lumens are derived and transformed using a new apical-polarity mouse reporter. Our 4D imaging data reveals dynamic remodeling of apical proteins and lumens to primarily drive each stage of pancreatic duct development. Furthermore, we pinpoint two unique transitions during lumenogenesis. Contrary to current “de novo” models of polarity acquisition, we show that expansion and rearrangement of the pre-existing central primary lumen drives early network growth. We also document how the endocrine promoting niche - a “plexus” of interconnected ducts - is resolved. We show that an arborized network forms by gradual closing of ductal loops, rather than via pruning. These highly novel tissue dynamics provide a new framework within which cell and molecular signaling can be investigated in order to better understand the interplay between organ architecture and cell fate.
StatusUdgivet - 11 aug. 2023

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