Enhancer trap lines with GFP driven by smad6b and frizzled1 regulatory sequences for the study of epithelial morphogenesis in the developing zebrafish inner ear

Baldera, D., Baxendale, S., van Hateren, N.J., Marzo, M., Glendenning, E., Geng, F.S., Yokoya, K., Knight, R.D., Whitfield, T.T.
Journal of anatomy   243(1): 78-89 (Journal)
Registered Authors
Baldera, Davide, Baxendale, Sarah, Geng, Fansuo, Glendenning, Emily, Knight, Robert, Van Hateren, Nicholas J., Whitfield, Tanya T.
frizzled1, smad6b, enhancer trap line, organogenesis, otic vesicle, targeted locus amplification, zebrafish
MeSH Terms
  • Animals
  • Epithelium/metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Morphogenesis/physiology
  • Semicircular Canals*
  • Zebrafish*/metabolism
  • Zebrafish Proteins/genetics
  • Zebrafish Proteins/metabolism
36748120 Full text @ J. Anat.
Live imaging in the zebrafish embryo using tissue-specific expression of fluorescent proteins can yield important insights into the mechanisms that drive sensory organ morphogenesis and cell differentiation. Morphogenesis of the semicircular canal ducts of the vertebrate inner ear requires a complex rearrangement of epithelial cells, including outgrowth, adhesion, fusion and perforation of epithelial projections to generate pillars of tissue that form the hubs of each canal. We report the insertion sites and expression patterns of two enhancer trap lines in the developing zebrafish embryo, each of which highlight different aspects of epithelial cell morphogenesis in the inner ear. A membrane-linked EGFP driven by smad6b regulatory sequences is expressed throughout the otic epithelium, most strongly on the lateral side of the ear and in the sensory cristae. A second enhancer trap line, with cytoplasmic EGFP driven by frizzled1 (fzd1) regulatory sequences, specifically marks cells of the ventral projection and pillar in the developing ear, and marginal cells in the sensory cristae, together with variable expression in the retina and epiphysis, and neurons elsewhere in the developing central nervous system. We have used a combination of methods to identify the insertion sites of these two transgenes, which were generated through random insertion, and show that Targeted Locus Amplification is a rapid and reliable method for the identification of insertion sites of randomly inserted transgenes.
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