D Guay

University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Publications (4)49.76 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The early development of teleost paired fins is strikingly similar to that of tetrapod limb buds and is controlled by similar mechanisms. One early morphological divergence between pectoral fins and limbs is in the fate of the apical ectodermal ridge (AER), the distal epidermis that rims the bud. Whereas the AER of tetrapods regresses after specification of the skeletal progenitors, the AER of teleost fishes forms a fold that elongates. Formation of the fin fold is accompanied by the synthesis of two rows of rigid, unmineralized fibrils called actinotrichia, which keep the fold straight and guide the migration of mesenchymal cells within the fold. The actinotrichia are made of elastoidin, the components of which, apart from collagen, are unknown. Here we show that two zebrafish proteins, which we name actinodin 1 and 2 (And1 and And2), are essential structural components of elastoidin. The presence of actinodin sequences in several teleost fishes and in the elephant shark (Callorhinchus milii, which occupies a basal phylogenetic position), but not in tetrapods, suggests that these genes have been lost during tetrapod species evolution. Double gene knockdown of and1 and and2 in zebrafish embryos results in the absence of actinotrichia and impaired fin folds. Gene expression profiles in embryos lacking and1 and and2 function are consistent with pectoral fin truncation and may offer a potential explanation for the polydactyly observed in early tetrapod fossils. We propose that the loss of both actinodins and actinotrichia during evolution may have led to the loss of lepidotrichia and may have contributed to the fin-to-limb transition.
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    ABSTRACT: The caudal fin of adult zebrafish is used to study the molecular mechanisms that govern regeneration processes. Most reports of gene expression in regenerating caudal fins rely on in situ hybridization (ISH) on whole-mount samples followed by sectioning of the samples. In such reports, expression is mostly confined to cells other than those located between the dense collagenous structures that are the actinotrichia and lepidotrichia. Here, we re-examined the expression of genes by performing ISH directly on cryo-sections of regenerates. We detected expression of some of these genes in cell types that appeared to be non-expressing when ISH was performed on whole-mount samples. These results demonstrate that ISH reagents have a limited capacity to penetrate between the regenerating skeletal matrices and suggest that ISH performed directly on fin sections is a preferable method to study gene expression in fin regenerates.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2008 · Developmental Dynamics
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    ABSTRACT: The zebrafish caudal fin provides a simple model to study molecular mechanisms of dermal bone regeneration. We previously showed that misexpression of Bone morphogenetic protein 2b (Bmp2b) induces ectopic bone formation within the regenerate. Here we show that in addition to bmp2b and bmp4 another family member, bmp6, is involved in fin regeneration. We further investigated the function of BMP signaling by ectopically expressing the BMP signaling inhibitor Chordin which caused: (1) inhibition of regenerate outgrowth due to a decrease of blastema cell proliferation and downregulation of msxb and msxC expression and (2) reduced bone matrix deposition resulting from a defect in the maturation and function of bone-secreting cells. We then identified targets of BMP signaling involved in regeneration of the bone of the fin rays. runx2a/b and their target col10a1 were downregulated following BMP signaling inhibition. Unexpectedly, the sox9a/b transcription factors responsible for chondrocyte differentiation were detected in the non-cartilaginous fin rays, sox9a and sox9b were not only differentially expressed but also differentially regulated since sox9a, but not sox9b, was downregulated in the absence of BMP signaling. Finally, this analysis revealed the surprising finding of the expression, in the fin regenerate, of several factors which are normally the signatures of chondrogenic elements during endochondral bone formation although fin rays form through dermal ossification, without a cartilage intermediate.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2006 · Developmental Biology
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    F Avaron · L Hoffman · D Guay · M.A. Akimenko
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    ABSTRACT: We have characterized two new members of the Hedgehog (Hh) family in zebrafish, ihha and dhh, encoding for orthologues of the tetrapod Indian Hedgehog (Ihh) and Desert Hedgehog (Dhh) genes, respectively. Comparison of ihha and Type X collagen (col10a1) expression during skeletal development show that ihha transcripts are located in hypertrophic chondrocytes of cartilaginous elements of the craniofacial and fin endoskeleton. Surprisingly, col10a1 expression was also detected in cells forming intramembranous bones of the head and in flat cells surrounding cartilaginous structures. The expression of col10a1 in both endochondral and intramembranous bones reflects an atypical composition of the extracellular matrix of the zebrafish craniofacial skeleton. In addition, during fin ray regeneration, both ihha and col10a1 are detected in scleroblasts, osteoblast-like cells secreting the matrix of the dermal bone fin ray. The presence of cartilage markers suggests that the dermal fin ray possesses an intermediate phenotype between cartilage and bone.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2006 · Developmental Dynamics

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214 Citations
49.76 Total Impact Points


  • 2008-2010
    • University of Ottawa
      • • Department of Biology
      • • Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 2006
    • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada