Alternative splicing of sept9a and sept9b in zebrafish produces multiple mRNA transcripts expressed throughout development
- Landsverk, M.L., Weiser, D.C., Hannibal, M.C., and Kimelman, D.
- PLoS One 5(5): e10712 (Journal)
- Registered Authors
- Kimelman, David, Weiser, Douglas C.
- MeSH Terms
- Alternative Splicing/genetics*
- Amino Acid Sequence
- Cell Death
- Conserved Sequence/genetics
- Embryo, Nonmammalian/metabolism
- Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental*
- Gene Knockdown Techniques
- Molecular Sequence Data
- RNA, Messenger/genetics
- RNA, Messenger/metabolism
- Zebrafish Proteins/antagonists & inhibitors
- Zebrafish Proteins/chemistry
- Zebrafish Proteins/genetics*
- Zebrafish Proteins/metabolism
- 20502708 Full text @ PLoS One
Landsverk, M.L., Weiser, D.C., Hannibal, M.C., and Kimelman, D. (2010) Alternative splicing of sept9a and sept9b in zebrafish produces multiple mRNA transcripts expressed throughout development. PLoS One. 5(5):e10712.
BACKGROUND: Septins are involved in a number of cellular processes including cytokinesis and organization of the cytoskeleton. Alterations in human septin-9 (SEPT9) levels have been linked to multiple cancers, whereas mutations in SEPT9 cause the episodic neuropathy, hereditary neuralgic amyotrophy (HNA). Despite its important function in human health, the in vivo role of SEPT9 is unknown. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Here we utilize zebrafish to study the role of SEPT9 in early development. We show that zebrafish possess two genes, sept9a and sept9b that, like humans, express multiple transcripts. Knockdown or overexpression of sept9a transcripts results in specific developmental alterations including circulation defects and aberrant epidermal development. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: Our work demonstrates that sept9 plays an important role in zebrafish development, and establishes zebrafish as a valuable model organism for the study of SEPT9.
Genes / Markers
Mutation and Transgenics
Human Disease / Model Data
Sequence Targeting Reagents
Engineered Foreign Genes
Errata and Notes