Deborah Price

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The cerebral cortex forms by the orderly migration and subsequent differentiation of neuronal precursors generated in the proliferative ventricular zone. We studied the role of the transcription factor Pax-6, which is expressed in the ventricular zone, in cortical development. Embryos homozygous for a mutation of Pax-6 (Small eye; Sey) had abnormalities(More)
The transcription factor Pax6 is widely expressed throughout the developing nervous system, including most alar regions of the newly formed murine diencephalon. Later in embryogenesis its diencephalic expression becomes more restricted. It persists in the developing anterior thalamus (conventionally termed "ventral" thalamus) and pretectum but is(More)
In mammalian species studied to date, the first-born neocortical cells normally form two layers, one above and one below the cortical plate, called the marginal zone (future layer 1) and the subplate. In primates and carnivores, many of these first-born cells die early in postnatal life. Whether this also occurs in rodents is highly controversial. In this(More)
We used bromodeoxyuridine to label the earliest generated cells of the murine cerebral cortex while they were dividing, and then observed their distributions at several instances later in development. Shortly before birth, many of the labelled cells were either above the cortical plate, in the marginal zone, or below it, in the region known as the subplate(More)
Pax-6 is one of the earliest regulatory genes to be expressed in the diencephalon. We tested whether normal Pax-6 protein is required for early diencephalic development by examining morphology, precursor proliferation and patterns of regulatory gene expression in the embryonic diencephalon of Small-eye mice (Pax-6 mutants). In Small-eye mice, diencephalic(More)
The cerebral cortex develops from the dorsal telencephalon, at the anterior end of the neural tube. Neurons are generated by cell division at the inner surface of the telencephalic wall (in the ventricular zone) and migrate towards its outer surface, where they complete their differentiation. Recent studies have suggested that the transcription factor Pax6(More)
We have generated embryonic stem (ES) cells and transgenic mice carrying a tau-tagged green fluorescent protein (GFP) transgene under the control of a powerful promoter active in all cell types including those of the central nervous system. GFP requires no substrate and can be detected in fixed or living cells so is an attractive genetic marker. Tau-tagged(More)
We used quantitative electrophysiological techniques to study the spatial properties of single units recorded extracellularly in the lateral geniculate and perigeniculate nuclei of the adult pigmented ferret. All neurones examined had approximately circular receptive fields, whose central regions gave responses antagonistic to those elicited from the(More)
In the CNS, the lack of the transcription factor Pax6 has been associated with early defects in cell proliferation, cell specification, and axonal pathfinding of discrete neuronal populations. In this study, we show that Pax6 is expressed in discrete catecholaminergic neuronal populations of the developing ventral thalamus, hypothalamus, and telencephalon.(More)
Genetic loss or pharmacological inhibition of monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) in mice leads to a large increase in whole-brain levels of serotonin (5-HT). Excess 5-HT in mouse neonates prevents the normal barrel-like clustering of thalamic axons in the somatosensory cortex. Projection fields of other neuron populations may develop abnormally. In the present(More)