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During embryonic development, pattern formation must be tightly synchronized with tissue morphogenesis to coordinate the establishment of the spatial identities of cells with their movements. In the vertebrate retina, patterning along the dorsal-ventral and nasal-temporal (anterior-posterior) axes is required for correct spatial representation in the(More)
Cre-mediated site-specific recombination has emerged as an indispensable tool for the precise manipulation of the mammalian genome. Recently, we showed that Cre is also highly efficient in zebrafish and temporal control of recombination can be achieved by using the ligand-inducible CreER(T2). Previous attempts have been made to control recombination by(More)
Unlike mammals, zebrafish exhibits extensive neural regeneration after injury in adult stages of its lifetime due to the neurogenic activity of the radial glial cells. However, the genes involved in the regenerative neurogenesis response of the zebrafish brain are largely unknown. Thus, understanding the underlying principles of this regeneration capacity(More)
Fibroblast growth factors (Fgf) are secreted signaling molecules that have mitogenic, patterning, neurotrophic and angiogenic properties. Their importance during embryonic development in patterning and morphogenesis of the vertebrate eye is well known, but less is known about the role of Fgfs in the adult vertebrate retina. To address Fgf function in adult(More)
The morphology of the telencephalon displays great diversity among different vertebrate lineages. Particularly the everted telencephalon of ray-finned fishes shows a noticeably different morphology from the evaginated telencephalon of nonray-finned fishes and other vertebrates. This makes the comparison between the different parts of the telencephalon of(More)
Forty years ago, it was proposed that during embryonic development and organogenesis, morphogen gradients provide positional information to the individual cells within a tissue leading to specific fate decisions. Recently, much insight has been gained into how such morphogen gradients are formed and maintained; however, which cellular mechanisms govern(More)
BACKGROUND The telencephalon shows a remarkable structural diversity among vertebrates. In particular, the everted telencephalon of ray-finned fishes has a markedly different morphology compared to the evaginated telencephalon of all other vertebrates. This difference in development has hampered the comparison between different areas of the pallium of(More)
The midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB) acts as an organizer and controls the fate of neighboring cells to develop into either mesencephalic (midbrain) or metencephalic (hindbrain) cells by secreting signaling molecules like Wnt1 and Fgf8. The zebrafish is an excellent vertebrate model for studying MHB development due to the ease of gene manipulation and the(More)
Gene trapping has emerged as a valuable tool to create conditional alleles in various model organisms. Here we report the FLEx-based gene trap vector SAGFLEx that allows the generation of conditional mutations in zebrafish by gene-trap mutagenesis. The SAGFLEx gene-trap cassette comprises the rabbit β-globin splice acceptor and the coding sequence of GFP,(More)
The paired-like homeodomain transcription factor Pitx2c has an evolutionarily conserved role in determining asymmetric positioning and organogenesis of the internal organs. Normally it is expressed only on the left side of the embryo in the lateral plate mesoderm and in organs that will become asymmetrically positioned with respect to the midline.(More)