Sep 29, 2007

Conserved regulation of Math5 and Math1 revealed by Math5-GFP transgenes

Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Robert B HufnagelNadean L Brown

Abstract

Retinal ganglion cell genesis requires the proneural bHLH transcription factor Math5 (Atoh7), but little is known about the regulatory elements that control its expression. Here, we investigate Math5 gene regulation using transgenic mice. These mice express GFP in the prenatal retina, live-labeling RGC axon migration and innervation of the brain. Unexpectedly, these Math5-GFP transgenes are also found in Math1 expression domains throughout the nervous system, intriguing since Math5 and Math1 normally exhibit nonoverlapping expression. Furthermore, Math5-GFP and Math1 are regulated similarly, by both Pax6 and Math1 itself, in the lower rhombic lip and dorsal spinal cord. We also show that Pax6 binds to particular Math5 and Math1 regulatory sequences in vitro. Together these data suggest that these atonal semi-orthologues may share conserved regulatory elements that are normally silent in the Math5 gene.

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Vertebrates
Photoreceptors
Embryo
NeuroD protein
Immunofluorescence Assay
Visual System
Conserved Sequence
Neural Tube
Entire Optic Nerve
Transfection

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