RRC ID 56952
Author Nakayama T, Fisher M, Nakajima K, Odeleye AO, Zimmerman KB, Fish MB, Yaoita Y, Chojnowski JL, Lauderdale JD, Netland PA, Grainger RM.
Title Xenopus pax6 mutants affect eye development and other organ systems, and have phenotypic similarities to human aniridia patients.
Journal Dev. Biol.
Abstract Mutations in the Pax6 gene cause ocular defects in both vertebrate and invertebrate animal species, and the disease aniridia in humans. Despite extensive experimentation on this gene in multiple species, including humans, we still do not understand the earliest effects on development mediated by this gene. This prompted us to develop pax6 mutant lines in Xenopus tropicalis taking advantage of the utility of the Xenopus system for examining early development and in addition to establish a model for studying the human disease aniridia in an accessible lower vertebrate. We have generated mutants in pax6 by using Transcription Activator-Like Effector Nuclease (TALEN) constructs for gene editing in X. tropicalis. Embryos with putative null mutations show severe eye abnormalities and changes in brain development, as assessed by changes in morphology and gene expression. One gene that we found is downregulated very early in development in these pax6 mutants is myc, a gene involved in pluripotency and progenitor cell maintenance and likely a mediator of some key pax6 functions in the embryo. Changes in gene expression in the developing brain and pancreas reflect other important functions of pax6 during development. In mutations with partial loss of pax6 function eye development is initially relatively normal but froglets show an underdeveloped iris, similar to the classic phenotype (aniridia) seen in human patients with PAX6 mutations. Other eye abnormalities observed in these froglets, including cataracts and corneal defects, are also common in human aniridia. The frog model thus allows us to examine the earliest deficits in eye formation as a result of pax6 lesions, and provides a useful model for understanding the developmental basis for the aniridia phenotype seen in humans.
Volume 408(2)
Pages 328-44
Published 2015-12-15
DOI 10.1016/j.ydbio.2015.02.012
PII S0012-1606(15)00080-9
PMID 25724657
IF 2.936
Times Cited 25
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Xenopus tropicalis