Constitutive activation of canonical Wnt signaling disrupts choroid plexus epithelial fate

Arpan Parichha, Varun Suresh, Mallika Chatterjee, Aditya Kshirsagar, Lihi Ben-Reuven, Tsviya Olender, M. Mark Taketo, Velena Radosevic, Mihaela Bobic-Rasonja, Sara Trnski, Michael J. Holtzman, Nataša Jovanov-Milosevic, Orly Reiner, Shubha Tole

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The choroid plexus secretes cerebrospinal fluid and is critical for the development and function of the brain. In the telencephalon, the choroid plexus epithelium arises from the Wnt- expressing cortical hem. Canonical Wnt signaling pathway molecules such as nuclear β-CATENIN are expressed in the mouse and human embryonic choroid plexus epithelium indicating that this pathway is active. Point mutations in human β-CATENIN are known to result in the constitutive activation of canonical Wnt signaling. In a mouse model that recapitulates this perturbation, we report a loss of choroid plexus epithelial identity and an apparent transformation of this tissue to a neuronal identity. Aspects of this phenomenon are recapitulated in human embryonic stem cell derived organoids. The choroid plexus is also disrupted when β-Catenin is conditionally inactivated. Together, our results indicate that canonical Wnt signaling is required in a precise and regulated manner for normal choroid plexus development in the mammalian brain.

Original languageEnglish
Article number633
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022


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