RRC ID 4153
Author Xiao T, Shoji W, Zhou W, Su F, Kuwada JY.
Title Transmembrane sema4E guides branchiomotor axons to their targets in zebrafish.
Journal J. Neurosci.
Abstract Class 4 semaphorins are a large class of transmembrane proteins that contain a sema domain and that are expressed in the CNS, but their in vivo neural function is unknown. In zebrafish, the epithelial cells that line the pharyngeal arches express Sema4E. Extension of branchiomotor axons along the mesenchymal cells bounded by these epithelial cells suggests that Sema4E may act as a repulsive guidance molecule to restrict the branchiomotor axons to the mesenchymal cells. To test this hypothesis, Sema4E was misexpressed in hsp70 promoter-regulated transgenic zebrafish in which sema4E was heat-inducible, and Sema4E was knocked down by injection of antisense morpholino oligonucleotides that acted specifically against Sema4E. Ubiquitous induction of Sema4E retarded outgrowth by the facial and gill branchiomotor axons significantly. Furthermore, outgrowth by gill motor axons was specifically inhibited when Sema4E-expressing transgenic cells were transplanted to their pathway in nontransgenic host embryos. Morpholino knockdown of Sema4E caused facial motor axons to defasciculate and follow aberrant pathways. These results show that Sema4E is repulsive for facial and gill motor axons and functions as a barrier for these axons within the pharyngeal arches.
Volume 23(10)
Pages 4190-8
Published 2003-5-15
PII 23/10/4190
PMID 12764107
MeSH Animals Animals, Genetically Modified Axons / drug effects Axons / metabolism Axons / physiology* Body Patterning / drug effects Body Patterning / genetics Body Patterning / physiology Facial Nerve / drug effects Facial Nerve / metabolism Facial Nerve / physiology Female Gene Expression Regulation / drug effects Gene Expression Regulation / genetics Genetic Vectors Gills / innervation* Gills / physiology HSP70 Heat-Shock Proteins / genetics Male Membrane Proteins / biosynthesis Membrane Proteins / genetics Membrane Proteins / physiology* Motor Neurons / drug effects Motor Neurons / metabolism Motor Neurons / physiology* Neural Inhibition / genetics Oligonucleotides, Antisense / pharmacology Phenotype Promoter Regions, Genetic / drug effects Promoter Regions, Genetic / genetics Promoter Regions, Genetic / physiology Recombinant Fusion Proteins / biosynthesis Recombinant Fusion Proteins / genetics Rhombencephalon / chemistry Rhombencephalon / drug effects Rhombencephalon / metabolism Rhombencephalon / physiology Semaphorins / biosynthesis Semaphorins / genetics Semaphorins / physiology* Zebrafish / embryology Zebrafish / genetics Zebrafish / physiology* Zebrafish Proteins / biosynthesis Zebrafish Proteins / genetics Zebrafish Proteins / physiology*
IF 6.074
Times Cited 24
Zebrafish rw0 (Tg(CM-isl1:GFP))