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The zebrafish orphan nuclear receptor genes nr2e1 and nr2e3 are expressed in developing eye and forebrain
Södertörn University, School of Life Sciences.
Södertörn University, School of Life Sciences.
2007 (English)In: Gene Expression Patterns, ISSN 1567-133X, E-ISSN 1872-7298, Vol. 7, no 4, 521-528 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Mammalian Nr2e1 (Tailless, Mtll or Tlx) and Nr2e3 (photoreceptor-specific nuclear receptor, Pnr) are highly related orphan nuclear receptors, that are expressed in eye and forebrain-derived structures. In this study, we analyzed the developmental expression patterns of zebrafish nr2e1 and nr2e3. RT-PCR analysis showed that nr2e1 and nr2e3 are both expressed during embryonic and post-embryonic development. To examine the spatial distribution of nr2e1 and nr2e3 during development whole-mount in situ hybridization was performed. At tailbud stage, initial nr2e1 expression was localized to the rostral brain rudiment anterior to pax2.1 and eng2 expression at the prospective midbrain-hindbrain boundary. During Subsequent stages, nr2e1 became widely expressed in fore- and midbrain primordia, eye and olfactory placodes. At 24 hpf, strong nr2e1 expression was detected in telencephalon, hypothalamus, dorsal thalamus, pretectum, midbrain tectum, and retina. At 2 dpf, the initially widespread nr2e1 expression became more restricted to distinct regions within the fore- and midbrain and to the retinal ciliary margin, the germinal zone which gives rise to retina and presumptive iris. Express on of nr2e3 was exclusively found in the developing retina and epiphysis. In both structures, nr2e3 expression was found in photoreceptor cells. The developmental expression profile of zebrafish nr2e1 and nr2e3 is consistent with evolutionary conserved functions in eye and rostral brain structures.

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2007. Vol. 7, no 4, 521-528 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-14236DOI: 10.1016/j.modgep.2006.10.006ISI: 000244570400018PubMedID: 17127102ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33846590514OAI: diva2:467712
Available from: 2011-12-19 Created: 2011-12-19 Last updated: 2014-03-10Bibliographically approved

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