Localization of Tfap2β, Casq2, Penk, Zic1, and Zic3 Expression in the Developing Retina, Muscle, and Sclera of the Embryonic Mouse Eye

Yong Wan, Casey White, Nadine Robert, Matthew B. Rogers, Heather L. Szabo-Rogers*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Optic development involves sequential interactions between several different tissue types, including the overlying ectoderm, adjacent mesoderm, and neural crest mesenchyme and the neuroectoderm. In an ongoing expression screen, we identified that Tfap2β, Casq2, Penk, Zic1, and Zic3 are expressed in unique cell types in and around the developing eye. Tfap2β, Zic1, and Zic3 are transcription factors, Casq2 is a calcium binding protein and Penk is a neurotransmitter. Tfap2β, Zic1, and Zic3 have reported roles in brain and craniofacial development, while Casq2 and Penk have unknown roles. These five genes are expressed in the major tissue types in the eye, including the muscles, nerves, cornea, and sclera. Penk expression is found in the sclera and perichondrium. At E12.5 and E15.5, the extra-ocular muscles express Casq2, the entire neural retina expresses Zic1, and Zic3 is expressed in the optic disk and lip of the optic cup. The expression of Tfap2β expanded from corneal epithelium to the neural retina between E12.5 to E15.5. These genes are expressed in similar domains as Hedgehog (Gli1, and Ptch1) and the Wnt (Lef1) pathways. The expression patterns of these five genes warrant further study to determine their role in eye morphogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)863-871
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry
Volume67
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • cornea
  • extra-ocular muscles
  • eye
  • eyelid
  • optic cup
  • sclera

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology

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