Evolution and expression of D2 and D3 dopamine receptor genes in zebrafish

Boehmler, W., Obrecht-Pflumio, S., Canfield, V., Thisse, C., Thisse, B., and Levenson, R.
Developmental Dynamics : an official publication of the American Association of Anatomists   230(3): 481-493 (Journal)
Registered Authors
Boehmler, Wendy, Canfield, Victor, Levenson, Robert, Obrecht-Pflumio, Sophie, Thisse, Bernard, Thisse, Christine
Zebrafish, dopamine receptors, mRNA expression, gene mapping, development
MeSH Terms
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Central Nervous System/metabolism
  • Chromosome Mapping
  • Conserved Sequence
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian
  • Evolution, Molecular*
  • Exons
  • Genetic Linkage
  • Humans
  • Introns
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phylogeny
  • Protein Structure, Tertiary
  • Receptors, Dopamine D2/chemistry
  • Receptors, Dopamine D2/genetics*
  • Receptors, Dopamine D2/metabolism*
  • Receptors, Dopamine D3
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Somites/metabolism
  • Synteny
  • Tissue Distribution
  • Zebrafish/genetics*
15188433 Full text @ Dev. Dyn.
We mined the zebrafish genomic sequence database and identified contigs containing segments of several dopamine receptor genes. By using a polymerase chain reaction amplification strategy, we generated full-length cDNAs encoding a single dopamine D3 receptor and three distinct D2 receptor subtypes. Zebrafish dopamine receptor genes were mapped by using the T51 radiation hybrid panel. The D3 receptor gene (drd3) mapped to linkage group (LG) 24. The three D2 receptor genes were localized to LG 15 (drd2a), LG 16, (drd2b), and LG 5 (drd2c). With the exception of the drd2b gene, each of these map positions was syntenic with regions of human chromosomes containing orthologs of the zebrafish dopamine receptor genes. Whole-mount in situ hybridization was used to investigate expression of the D2 and D3 receptor genes. Expression of the drd3 gene was first detected at mid-somitogenesis and was particularly prominent in somites. Thereafter, the drd3 gene was expressed diffusely throughout the brain and spinal cord. The three D2 receptor genes were expressed throughout the central nervous system (CNS) in distinct but overlapping patterns. In early embryos, the drd2a gene was expressed exclusively in the epiphysis, whereas the drd2c gene was localized to the notochord. After 24 hpf, the drd2a, drd2b, and drd2c genes were differentially expressed throughout the CNS. The identification of dopamine receptor genes in zebrafish should allow us to use the power of zebrafish genetics to analyze the functional properties of this important class of neurotransmitter receptors. Developmental Dynamics 230:481-493, 2004. Copyright 2004 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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