Hippo Signaling in Embryogenesis and Development

Zhengming Wu, Kun-Liang Guan
Trends in Biochemical Sciences 2020 September 11
Hippo pathway components are structurally and functionally conserved and are notable for their role in controlling organ size. More diverse functions of the Hippo pathway have been recognized, including development, tissue homeostasis, wound healing and regeneration, immunity, and tumorigenesis. During embryogenesis, different signaling pathways are repeatedly and cooperatively activated, leading to differential gene expression in specific developmental contexts. In this article, we present an overview on the regulation and function of the Hippo pathway in mammalian early development. We introduce the Hippo pathway components and major upstream signals that act through this pathway to influence embryogenesis. We also discuss the roles of Hippo pathway in tissue specification and organ development during organogenesis.

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