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NeuN (neuronal nuclei) is a neuron-specific nuclear protein which is identified by immunoreactivity with a monoclonal antibody, anti-NeuN. Anti-NeuN has been used widely as a reliable tool to detect most postmitotic neuronal cell types in neuroscience, developmental biology, and stem cell research fields as well as diagnostic histopathology. To date,(More)
Two different mRNAs encoding two different nonmuscle myosin heavy chains (MHCs) of approximately 200 kD have been identified in chicken nonmuscle cells, in agreement with the results of Katsuragawa et al. (Katsuragawa, Y., M. Yanagisawa, A. Inoue, and T. Masaki. 1989. Eur. J. Biochem. 184:611-616). In this paper, we quantitate the content of mRNA encoding(More)
Alternative premRNA splicing is a major mechanism to generate diversity of gene products. However, the biological roles of alternative splicing during development remain elusive. Here, we focus on a neuron-specific RNA-binding protein, Rbfox3, recently identified as the antigen of the widely used anti-NeuN antibody. siRNA-mediated loss-of-function studies(More)
We generated mice harboring a single amino acid mutation in the motor domain of nonmuscle myosin heavy chain II-B (NMHC II-B). Homozygous mutant mice had an abnormal gait and difficulties in maintaining balance. Consistent with their motor defects, the mutant mice displayed an abnormal pattern of cerebellar foliation. Analysis of the brains of homozygous(More)
An intronic hexanucleotide UGCAUG has been shown to play a critical role in the regulation of tissue-specific alternative splicing of pre-mRNAs in a wide range of tissues. Vertebrate Fox-1 has been shown to bind to this element, in a highly sequence-specific manner, through its RNA recognition motif (RRM). In mammals, there are at least two Fox-1-related(More)
Nonmuscle myosin II (NMII) is thought to be the master integrator of force within epithelial apical junctions, mediating epithelial tissue morphogenesis and tensional homeostasis. Mutations in NMII are associated with a number of diseases due to failures in cell-cell adhesion. However, the organization and the precise mechanism by which NMII generates and(More)
Fox-1 family (Fox) proteins, which consist of Fox-1 (A2BP1), Fox-2 (Rbm9) and Fox-3 (NeuN) in mammals, bind to the RNA element UGCAUG and regulate alternative pre-mRNA splicing. However the mechanisms for Fox-regulated splicing are largely unknown. We analyzed the expression pattern of the three Fox proteins as well as neural cell-specific alternative(More)
Ablation of nonmuscle myosin (NM) II-A or NM II-B results in mouse embryonic lethality. Here, we report the results of ablating NM II-C as well as NM II-C/II-B together in mice. NM II-C ablated mice survive to adulthood and show no obvious defects compared with wild-type littermates. However, ablation of NM II-C in mice expressing only 12% of wild-type(More)
A2BP1 is considered to regulate alternative splicing of important neuronal transcripts and has been implicated in a variety of neurological and developmental disorders. A2BP1 was found in neuronal cells and was analyzed biochemically and morphologically. In this study, we prepared a specific antibody against A2BP1, anti-A2BP1, and carried out protein(More)
We report that the alternatively spliced isoforms of nonmuscle myosin heavy chain II-B (NHMC II-B) play distinct roles during mouse brain development. The B1-inserted isoform of NMHC II-B, which contains an insert of 10 amino acids near the ATP-binding region (loop 1) of the myosin heavy chain, is involved in normal migration of facial neurons. In contrast,(More)