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During development of the zebrafish forebrain, a simple scaffold of axon pathways is pioneered by a small number of neurons. We show that boundaries of expression domains of members of the eph, forkhead, pax, and wnt gene families correlate with the positions at which these neurons differentiate and extend axons. Analysis of genetically or experimentally(More)
The numbers and positions of cells undergoing cell death and proliferation in the neuromasts of 10 day old zebrafish larvae were assessed to investigate the ability of supporting cells to differentiate into hair cells. Evaluations of cell death and proliferation showed that a subpopulation of cells located in the centre of the neuromast undergo cell death,(More)
To analyse the roles of FGF activity and brachyury during gastrulation we have directly compared the consequences of inhibition of FGF-receptor signalling with the phenotype of the zebrafish brachyury mutant, no tail (ntl). We show that expression of ntl is regulated by FGF and that inhibition of FGF receptor-signalling leads to complete loss of the trunk(More)
Pax6 and Pax2 are members of the Pax family of transcription factors that are both expressed in the developing visual system of zebrafish embryos. Pax6 protein is present in all cells that form the neural retina and pigment epithelium, whereas Pax2 is located primarily in cells that will give rise to the optic stalk. In this study, we have addressed the(More)
No-isthmus (Noi) is a member of the zebrafish Pax family of transcriptional regulators that is expressed in restricted domains of the developing CNS. In the developing eye and optic nerve, the Noi+ cells are primitive glial cells that line the choroid fissure and optic stalk/nerve to its junction with the optic tract. This pattern of Noi expression is(More)
In order to understand the role of the transcription factor GATA 3 in vertebrate development, we have examined its expression and some aspects of its regulation during gastrulation and neurulation in the zebrafish. The complete coding sequence of the cDNA encoding the zebrafish GATA 3 homologue, termed gta3, is described. Analysis of expression patterns by(More)
The effects of signal perturbation on expression domains of molecular markers for the mesoderm and ectoderm have been analysed across the dorso-ventral axis in zebrafish embryos. Injection of RNA encoding bone morphogenetic protein-4 (BMP-4) ventralised the embryo, expanding the intermediate mesoderm and non-neural ectoderm at the expense of the(More)
Considerable evidence now suggests that retinoic acid (RA) is an important modulator of patterning events in early neuronal development in vertebrates. In this paper, we describe the effects of exogenously applied RA on early neural development in the zebrafish embryo. Neural anatomy is assessed by immunocytochemical and histochemical analysis of the(More)
Serotonin (5HT) plays major roles in the physiological regulation of many behavioral processes, including sleep, feeding, and mood, but the genetic mechanisms by which serotonergic neurons arise during development are poorly understood. In the present study, we have investigated the development of serotonergic neurons in the zebrafish. Neurons exhibiting(More)