The msr/apj gene encoding the apelin receptor is an early and specific marker of the venous phenotype in the retinal vasculature.

Expression of the new G protein-coupled msr/apj receptor in the mouse embryo is restricted to the endothelial layer of the primary blood vessels and the newly forming heart (Mech. Dev. 84 (1999) 199). During development of the retinal vasculature, the msr/apj gene is not expressed throughout the vascular network, indicating a possible relationship between… CONTINUE READING