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We have identified and characterized zebrafish eve1, a novel member of the Drosophila even-skipped (eve) gene family. eve1 RNAs are expressed initially in late blastulae with a peak during the gastrula stage, at which time expression is confined to ventral and lateral cells of the marginal zone of the zebrafish embryo. Later, eve1 transcripts are located in(More)
The widespread use of fish as model systems is still limited by the mosaic distribution of cells transiently expressing transgenes leading to a low frequency of transgenic fish. Here we present a strategy that overcomes this problem. Transgenes of interest were flanked by two I-SceI meganuclease recognition sites, and co-injected together with the I-SceI(More)
BACKGROUND New, practical models of central nervous system regeneration are required and should provide molecular tools and resources. We focus here on the tunicate Ciona intestinalis, which has the capacity to regenerate nerves and a complete adult central nervous system, a capacity unusual in the chordate phylum. We investigated the timing and sequence of(More)
We analyzed the medaka optic tectum (OT) morphogenesis by using 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) immunohistochemistry (with a new method we developed for pulse-labeling embryos) and in situ hybridization with three probes, two for recently cloned homeobox genes (Ol-Prx3 [Paired-Related-Homeobox3] and Ol-Gsh1 [Genetic-Screen-Homeobox1]) and one for(More)
Numerous studies, mostly performed on mammalian cell cultures, have implicated the Gadd45 family of small acidic proteins in cell cycle control (arrest and/or engagement in the apoptotic pathway). We report here the cloning, detailled expression pattern and functional characterisation in embryonic development of Ol-Gadd45gamma, the Oryzias latipes ortholog(More)
The craniate head is innervated by cranial sensory and motor neurons. Cranial sensory neurons stem from the neurogenic placodes and neural crest and are seen as evolutionary innovations crucial in fulfilling the feeding and respiratory needs of the craniate "new head." In contrast, cranial motoneurons that are located in the hindbrain and motorize the head(More)
Few adult neural stem cells have been characterized in vertebrates. Although teleosts continually generate new neurons in many regions of the brain after embryogenesis, only two types of neural stem cells (NSCs) have been reported in zebrafish: glial cells in the forebrain resembling mammalian NSCs, and neuroepithelial cells in the cerebellum. Here,(More)
The optic tectum is a dorsal, prominent and well corticalised structure of the fish brain. It grows according to a pattern exceptional in the vertebrate central nervous system, by addition of radial columns of cells at its periphery. We took advantage of this peculiar feature to readily identify genes differentially expressed in the tectal proliferative(More)
Large-scale genetic screens for mutations affecting early neurogenesis of vertebrates have recently been performed with an aquarium fish, the zebrafish. Later stages of neural morphogenesis have attracted less attention in small fish species, partly because of the lack of molecular markers of developing structures that may facilitate the detection of(More)
In vertebrates, the engrailed genes are expressed at early neurula stage in a narrow stripe encompassing the midbrain-hindbrain boundary (MHB), a region from which a peculiar structure, the isthmus, is formed. Knock-out experiments in mice demonstrated that these genes are essential for the development of this structure and of its derivatives. In contrast,(More)