Sven Mühlfriedel

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The functional architecture of the cerebral cortex is based on intrinsic connections that precisely link neurons from distinct cortical laminae as well as layer-specific afferent and efferent projections. Experimental strategies using in vitro assays originally developed by Friedrich Bonhoeffer have suggested that positional cues confined to individual(More)
Differential gene expression across the embryonic cerebral cortex is assumed to play a role in the subdivision of the cortex into distinct areas with specific morphology, physiology and function. In a search for genes that may be involved in the cortical regionalization during late neurogenesis in mouse, we performed an extensive in-situ expression analysis(More)
Axon guidance cues of the ephrin ligand family have been hypothesized to regulate the formation of thalamocortical connections, but in vivo evidence for such a role has not been examined directly. To test whether ephrin-mediated repulsive cues participate in sorting the projections originating from distinct thalamic nuclei, we analyzed the organization of(More)
The initial axonal projections between the cerebral cortex and thalamus are established during embryogenesis. Chemoattractants and repellents are thought to provide specific guidance cues for directional growth of these pathways. Hepatocyte growth factor/scatter factor (HGF/SF) serves as an attractant for developing motor neurons, and its distribution in(More)
Ephrins-A5 are expressed in the cortical target layer of thalamic afferents at the time when these axons form terminal arbors. Previous in-vitro studies provided evidence that ephrin-A5 supports the branching of thalamic axons, but there is no direct in-vivo evidence for such a growth-promoting effect. Here we examined thalamocortical projections in(More)
The smallest known homeodomain protein, Homeodomain only protein (Hop), was identified and described here as a temporally and spatially restricted gene in the neurogenic regions of the developing murine CNS including the cerebral cortex. Furthermore, an evolutionarily conserved 418 base pair upstream cis-regulatory DNA sequence was found to confine the Hop(More)
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