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Identification of an enhancer region in the mouse ephA8 locus directing expression to the anterior region of the dorsal mesencephalon

Authors
Koo, JShim, SGu, CKYoo, OPark, S
Issue Date
Apr-2003
Publisher
WILEY-LISS
Keywords
ephA8; ephrin; mesencephalon; enhancer; transgenic
Citation
DEVELOPMENTAL DYNAMICS, v.226, no.4, pp.596 - 603
Journal Title
DEVELOPMENTAL DYNAMICS
Volume
226
Number
4
Start Page
596
End Page
603
URI
https://scholarworks.sookmyung.ac.kr/handle/2020.sw.sookmyung/16205
DOI
10.1002/dvdy.10253
ISSN
1058-8388
Abstract
Eph receptors and ephrins are dynamically expressed in a wide range of regions of the vertebrate during embryogenesis. The dorsal mesencephalon appears to be segmented into two broad regions demarcated by the mutually exclusive expression of EphA receptors and ephrinA ligands. It is of considerable interest to elucidate how these expression domains are established in the development of the mesencephalon. In this study, we used a transgenic approach to define the cis-acting DNA regulatory elements involved in the anterior mesencephalon-specific expression of the mouse ephA8 gene. Our analyses of the temporal and spatial expression patterns of various ephA8/lacZ gene fusions in transgenic mice revealed that the 10-kb genomic DNA 5' immediately upstream of the ephA8 coding sequence is capable of directing lacZ expression in an ephA8-specific manner. Further deletion analyses of the ephA8 genomic region led to the identification of a 1-kb enhancer region, which directs expression in the embryo to the anterior region of the developing midbrain. This ephA8-specific regulatory DNA sequences can now be used in biochemical analyses to identify proteins modulating the anterior differentiation of the optic tectum, and in functional analyses to direct the expression of other developmentally important genes to this region. (C) 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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