ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-090914-34
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor in Purkinje cells of adult zebrafish: An autocrine mode of action?
Facello, B., Castaldo, L., De Martino, L., and Lucini, C.
Date: 2009
Source: Neuroscience letters   465(2): 133-137 (Journal)
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Keywords: Cerebellum, GDNF, GFRalpha1, RET, Danio rerio, Fish
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Cerebellum/metabolism*
  • Fructose-Bisphosphate Aldolase/metabolism
  • Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor/metabolism*
  • Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Receptors/metabolism
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-ret/metabolism
  • Purkinje Cells/metabolism*
  • RNA, Messenger/metabolism
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Zebrafish
  • Zebrafish Proteins/metabolism
PubMed: 19732805 Full text @ Neurosci. Lett.
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) has a neuroprotective role in Purkinje cells of cerebellum, promoting the survival and the differentiation of these cells. Its signalling is mediated by a receptorial complex GFRalpha1/RET. In the brain of adult zebrafish (Danio rerio) we previously investigated GDNF expression and localization, but no data exist regarding GFRalpha1 and RET presence. Thus, the present study was designed to clarify the morphological relation between GDNF and its receptorial complex GFRalpha1/RET immunoreactivity in the cerebellum of adult zebrafish. The expression of gdnf, GFRalpha1 and ret genes was demonstrated in adult zebrafish cerebellum by a standard RT-PCR. The distribution of GDNF and its receptorial complex GFRalpha1/RET was examined by single and double immunocytochemical stainings. In the valvula and corpus cerebelli GDNF, GFRalpha1 and RET immunoreactivity was seen co-localized in Purkinje cells, identified morphologically and by using an antiserum against a specific marker for these cells, aldolase C enzyme. In the vestibulolateralis lobe, Purkinje neurons were lacking in both the eminentiae granulares and medial caudal lobe. These results demonstrated the expression of the GDNF receptorial complex in adult zebrafish cerebellum and suggest an autocrine mode of action of GDNF in Purkinje cells.