Title

Transient Increase in VEGF-A Leads to Cardiac Tube Anomalies and Increased Risk of Congenital Heart Malformations.

Published In

Anatomical Record (hoboken, N.J. : 2007)

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

2-23-2021

Abstract

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) plays a critical role during early heart development. Clinical evidence shows that conditions associated with changes in VEGF signaling in utero are correlated with an increased risk of congenital heart defects (CHD) in newborns. However, how malformations develop after abnormal VEGF exposure is unknown. During embryogenesis, a primitive heart, consisting of an endocardial tube enveloped by a myocardial mantle, is the first organ to function. This tubular heart ultimately transforms into a four-chambered heart. To determine how a transient increase in VEGF prior to heart tube formation affects heart development leading to CHD, we applied exogenous VEGF or a control (vehicle) solution to quail embryos in ovo at Hamburger-Hamilton (HH) stage 8 (28-30 hrs of incubation), right before heart tube formation. Light microscopy analysis of embryos re-incubated after treatment for 13 hrs (to approximately HH11/HH12) showed that increased VEGF leads to impaired heart tube elongation accompanied by diameter expansion. Micro-CT analysis of embryos re-incubated for 9 days (to approximately HH38), when the heart is fully formed, showed that VEGF treatment increased the rate of cardiac malformations in surviving embryos. However, despite no sex differences in survival, female embryos were more likely to develop cardiac malformations. Our results further suggest that heart tube malformations after a transient increase in VEGF right before heart tube formation may be reversible, leading to normal hearts. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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© 2021 American Association for Anatomy

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https://doi.org/10.1002/ar.24605

DOI

10.1002/ar.24605

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/35210

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