Expression of nerve growth factor (NGF) receptors in the brain and retina of chick embryos: comparison with cholinergic development

The Journal of Comparative Neurology
C S von BartheldM Bothwell


The expression of nerve growth factor receptor (NGFR) transcripts was investigated with in situ hybridization techniques in the CNS of chick embryos from 3 days of incubation (E3) to 14 days posthatch (P14). The time course and distribution of NGFR expression was compared with the development of the cholinergic phenotype. Cholinergic properties were assessed by immunolabeling for choline acetyltransferase (ChAT) and histochemistry for acetylcholinesterase (AchE) activity. NGFR transcripts are expressed transiently in the inner plexiform layer and ganglion cell layer of the retina (E4-P1), neostriatum and hippocampus (E18), infundibular hypothalamus (E7-18), spiriform complex (E9-15), layers 2, 3 (E9-18), and 10 (E11-18) of the optic tectum, nucleus mesencephalicus profundus, pars ventralis (E9-18), parvicellular isthmic nucleus (E7-P1), magnocellular isthmic nucleus (E9-E18), nucleus semilunaris (E7-18), isthmo-optic nucleus (E7-P14), rostral motor nuclei (E5-18), developing cerebellum (E7-15), internal granule cell layer (E11-18) and Purkinje cell layer (E15-P14) of the cerebellar cortex, and the inferior olivary nucleus (E9-15). A small number of neuronal populations with embryonic expression of NGFR remain strongly NGFR-posi...Continue Reading


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