Gpr124 controls CNS angiogenesis and blood-brain barrier integrity by promoting ligand-specific canonical Wnt signaling

Yulian Zhou, Jeremy Nathans

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Canonical Wnt signaling in endothelial cells (ECs) is required for vascularization of the central nervous system (CNS) and for formation and maintenance of barrier properties unique to CNS vasculature. Gpr124 is an orphan member of the adhesion G protein-coupled receptor family that is expressed in ECs and is essential for CNS angiogenesis and barrier formation via an unknown mechanism. Using canonical Wnt signaling assays in cell culture and genetic loss- and gain-of-function experiments in mice, we show that Gpr124 functions as a coactivator of Wnt7a- and Wnt7b-stimulated canonical Wnt signaling via a Frizzled receptor and Lrp coreceptor and that Gpr124-stimulated signaling functions in concert with Norrin/Frizzled4 signaling to control CNS vascular development. Theseexperiments identify Gpr124 as a ligand-specific coactivator of canonical Wnt signaling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-256
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental Cell
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 27 2014


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental Biology
  • Medicine(all)

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