A temporal switch from notch to Wnt signaling in muscle stem cells is necessary for normal adult myogenesis

Cell Stem Cell. 2008 Jan 10;2(1):50-9. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2007.10.006.


The temporal switch from progenitor cell proliferation to differentiation is essential for effective adult tissue repair. We previously reported the critical role of Notch signaling in the proliferative expansion of myogenic progenitors in mammalian postnatal myogenesis. We now show that the onset of differentiation is due to a transition from Notch signaling to Wnt signaling in myogenic progenitors and is associated with an increased expression of Wnt in the tissue and an increased responsiveness of progenitors to Wnt. Crosstalk between these two pathways occurs via GSK3beta, which is maintained in an active form by Notch but is inhibited by Wnt in the canonical Wnt signaling cascade. These results demonstrate that the temporal balance between Notch and Wnt signaling orchestrates the precise progression of muscle precursor cells along the myogenic lineage pathway, through stages of proliferative expansion and then differentiation, during postnatal myogenesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Cell Differentiation*
  • Cell Lineage / physiology
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Cricetinae
  • Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 / physiology
  • Humans
  • Mice
  • Muscle Development*
  • Myoblasts / cytology*
  • Myoblasts / physiology
  • Receptors, Notch / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction*
  • Wnt Proteins / physiology*


  • Receptors, Notch
  • Wnt Proteins
  • Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3