ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-031001-6
Expression of the FGF receptor 2 gene (fgfr2) during embryogenesis in the zebrafish Danio rerio
Tonou-Fujimori, N., Takahashi, M., Onodera, H., Kikuta, H., Koshida, S., Takeda, H., and Yamasu, K.
Date: 2002
Source: Mechanisms of Development   (Suppl.) 119: S173-S178 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Kikuta, Hiroshi, Koshida, Sumito, Yamasu, Kyo
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Embryonic Development
  • Fibroblast Growth Factors/metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Receptor, Fibroblast Growth Factor, Type 2
  • Somites/metabolism
  • Zebrafish*/genetics
  • Zebrafish Proteins*/genetics
PubMed: 14516681 Full text @ Mech. Dev.
We isolated a full-length cDNA clone for the zebrafish homologue of fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) 2. The deduced protein sequence is typical of vertebrate FGFRs in that it has three Ig-like domains in the extracellular region. The expression of fgfr2 is initiated during epiboly in the paraxial mesoderm. During early somitogenesis, fgfr2 expression was noted in the anterior neural plate as well as in newly formed somites. Whereas fgfr2 expression in somites is transient, it increases in the central nervous system (CNS), i.e. in the ventral telencephalon, anterior diencephalon, midbrain, and respective rhombomeres of the hindbrain, from the mid-somitogenesis stage. The dorsal telencephalon and the region around the midbrain-hindbrain boundary are devoid of fgfr2 expression. Essentially the same expression pattern is observed until 48 h post-fertilization in the CNS, although rhombomeric expression in the hindbrain is progressively confined to narrower stripes. After somitogenesis, fgfr2 expression was also observed in the lens, hypochord, endoderm, and fin mesenchyme. We compared the expression of the four fgfr genes (fgfr1-4) in the CNS of zebrafish embryos and show that fgfr1 is the only fgfr gene that is expressed in the dorsal telencephalon and isthmic region from which expression of fgfr2-4 is absent.