Earlier work has demonstrated that the salivary glands and kidneys are the major sites of epidermal growth factor (EGF) synthesis in adult mice. The precise timing of the onset of endogenous EGF synthesis in these tissues is not yet clear. In the present study we assessed the ontogenesis of EGF expression in the Swiss-Webster mouse. Paraformaldehyde-fixed frozen sections of neonatal kidneys and salivary glands were probed with proEGF cRNA labelled with 35S for in situ hybridization and with rabbit antisera to mouse EGF for im-munocytochemistry. Both EGF mRNA and immunoreactivity were first detected in the developing distal nephron between days 3 and 5 postpartum. Juxtamedullary nephrons underlying the superficial nephrogenic zone were the first to express EGF. During the 2nd week after birth, EGF-expressing tubules became more abundant and distributed to medullary as well as cortical regions, corresponding to the thick ascending limb of Henle and distal convoluted tubule. Initial EGF mRNA and immunoreactivity in the submandibular gland were first detected between days 18 and 20 postpartum and increased notably during the following weeks.
|Number of pages||6|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1990|