Daniela Maria Vogt Weisenhorn

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The three calcium-binding proteins parvalbumin, calbindin, and calretinin are found in morphologically distinct classes of inhibitory interneurons as well as in some pyramidal neurons in the mammalian neocortex. Although there is a wide variability in the qualitative and quantitative characteristics of the neocortical subpopulations of calcium-binding(More)
Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) are signaling molecules of the isthmic organizer, which regulates development of the midbrain and cerebellum. Tissue-specific inactivation of one of the FGF receptor (FGFR) genes, Fgfr1, in the midbrain and rhombomere 1 of the hindbrain of mouse embryos results in deletion of the inferior colliculi in the posterior midbrain(More)
We report here the full-length sequence identification, molecular characterization, detailed demarcation expression analysis relevant to morphological marker genes and mapping of a bHLH transcription gene, referred to as Megane (Mgn). Mgn protein is structurally related to the neurogenic Drosophila hairy and Enhancer of split (h/E(spl)) proteins. The unique(More)
The secreted glycoprotein WNT1 is expressed in the caudal midbrain and is essential for proper development of the entire mid-/hindbrain region. To get better insights into Wnt1 function in the mid-/hindbrain region, we ectopically expressed Wnt1 under the control of the endogenous En1 promoter, thereby extending Wnt1 expression rostrally into the anterior(More)
Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) secreted from the midbrain-rhombomere 1 (r1) boundary instruct cell behavior in the surrounding neuroectoderm. For example, a combination of FGF and sonic hedgehog (SHH) can induce the development of the midbrain dopaminergic neurons, but the mechanisms behind the action and integration of these signals are unclear. We(More)
Loss of function of DJ-1 (PARK7) is associated with autosomal recessive early-onset Parkinson's disease (PD), one of the major age-related neurological diseases. In this study, we extended former studies on DJ-1 knockout mice by identifying subtle morphological and behavioural phenotypes. The DJ-1 gene trap-induced null mutants exhibit less(More)
Parvalbumin (PV) belongs to the large family of EF-hand calcium-binding proteins and is an excellent marker for a subpopulation of GABAergic neocortical interneurons. During cortical development, PV first appears on postnatal day (P)8, in the infragranular layers; after P14, it also becomes apparent within the supragranular layers. However, nothing is known(More)
Lack of appropriate tools and techniques to study fate and functional integration of newly generated neurons has so far hindered understanding of neurogenesis' relevance under physiological and pathological conditions. Current analyses are either dependent on mitotic labeling, for example BrdU-incorporation or retroviral infection, or on the detection of(More)
The occurrence of Cajal-Retzius (CjRe) cells was studied in four cortical areas of five normal adult humans using antibodies against calretinin. Calretinin immunofluorescence and autofluorescence of lipofusin granules in CjRe cells were visualized by dual channel confocal laser scanning microscopy. Three types of CjRe cells existed in the adult human(More)
PURPOSE O377 was identified as a new dominant cataract mutation in mice after radiation experiments. The purpose of this study was to genetically characterize the mutation and to analyze its biological consequences. METHODS Linkage analysis of the O377 mouse mutant was performed; candidate genes including Crybb2 were sequenced. The authors analyzed eyes(More)