genesis Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Wiley

Journal description

We have crossed the threshold into a new age of research in developmental biology. As the international genome project enters its climatic phase, new research generates an unprecedented amount of information on the sequence and identification of genes and their structure. We soon anticipate the existence of a 'book of life': a comprehensive catalogue of all known genes together with their nucleotide sequence. This new dawn calls for a pioneering new journal offering new approaches and perspectives for understanding the function of genes and the roles they play in complex biological processes, both individually and in combination at the molecular, cellular, organismal and population level. On January 1, 2000, we became the editors of the journal Developmental Genetics, published by Wiley (New York). The focus of the journal is on the genetics of development and fundamental embryological research resulting from studies in animals and plants. We publish pioneering articles offering new perspectives on all model genetic systems to understand the function of genes, alone and in combination, acknowledging the multigenic character of complex biological processes. Contributions using non-traditional animal and plant systems are encouraged to emphasize the journal's interest in comparative studies. Special attention is also given to technology-oriented reports. We invite you to contribute to genesis. We welcome submissions in the form of letters, articles, correspondence, and technology updates, which advance knowledge across a range of dynamic areas on the cutting edge of developmental biology, including mutagenesis; embryogenesis; histeogenesis; morphogenesis; organogenesis.

Current impact factor: 2.04

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 2.042
2012 Impact Factor 2.584
2011 Impact Factor 2.527
2010 Impact Factor 2.395
2009 Impact Factor 2.223
2008 Impact Factor 2.217

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Additional details

5-year impact 2.73
Cited half-life 8.10
Immediacy index 0.55
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.40
Website Genesis website
Other titles Genesis (New York, N.Y.: 2000: Online), Genesis
ISSN 1526-968X
OCLC 42463257
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

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    ABSTRACT: The CAP superfamily member, CRISPLD2, has previously been shown to be associated with nonsyndromic cleft lip and palate (NSCL/P) in human populations and to be essential for normal craniofacial development in the zebrafish. Additionally, in rodent models, CRISPLD2 has been shown to play a role in normal lung and kidney development. However, the specific role of CRISPLD2 during these developmental processes has yet to be determined. In this study, we demonstrate that Crispld2 protein localizes to the orofacial region of the zebrafish embryo and knockdown of crispld2 results in abnormal migration of neural crest cells during both early and late time points. We also show an increase in cell death after crispld2 knockdown as well as an increase in apoptotic marker genes. Our data suggests that Crispld2 modulates the migration, differentiation and/or survival of NCCs during early craniofacial development. These results indicate an important role for Crispld2 in neural crest cell migration during craniofacial development and suggests involvement of Crispld2 in cell viability during formation of the orofacies. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 08/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22897
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    ABSTRACT: Although sea urchin gastrulation is well described at the cellular level, our understanding of the molecular changes that trigger the coordinated cell movements involved is not complete. Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) is a component of the planar cell polarity pathway and is required for cell movements during embryonic development in several animal species. To study the role of JNK in sea urchin gastrulation, embryos were treated with JNK inhibitor SP600125 just prior to gastrulation. The inhibitor had a limited and specific effect, blocking invagination of the archenteron. Embryos treated with 2uM SP600125 formed normal vegetal plates, but did not undergo invagination to form an archenteron. Other types of cell movements, specifically ingression of the skeletogenic mesenchyme, were not affected, although the development and pattern of the skeleton was abnormal in treated embryos. Pigment cells, derived from non-skeletogenic mesenchyme, were also present in SP600125 treated embryos. Despite the lack of a visible archenteron in treated embryos, cells at the original vegetal plate expressed several molecular markers for endoderm differentiation. These results demonstrate that JNK activity is required for invagination of the archenteron but not its differentiation, indicating that in this case, morphogenesis and differentiation are under separate regulation. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 08/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22898
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    ABSTRACT: Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in FTO intron 1 have been associated with obesity risk, leading to the hypothesis that FTO is the obesity-related gene. However, other studies have shown that the FTO gene is part of the regulatory domain of the neighboring IRX3 gene and that enhancers in FTO intron 1 regulate IRX3. While Irx3 activity was shown to be necessary in the hypothalamus for the metabolic function of Irx3 in mouse, no enhancers with hypothalamic activity have been demonstrated in the risk-associated region within FTO. In order to identify potential enhancers at the human FTO locus in vivo, we tested regulatory activity in FTO intron 1 using BAC transgenesis in zebrafish. A minimal gata2 promoter-GFP cassette was inserted 1.3 kb upstream of the obesity associated SNP rs9939609 in a human FTO BAC plasmid. In addition to the previously identified expression domains in notochord and kidney, human FTO BAC:GFP transgenic zebrafish larvae expressed GFP in the ventral posterior tuberculum, the posterior hypothalamus and the anterior brainstem, which are also expression domains of zebrafish irx3a. In contrast, an in-frame insertion of a GFP cassette at the FTO start codon resulted in weak ubiquitous GFP expression indicating that the promoter of FTO does likely not react to enhancers located in the obesity risk-associated region. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 08/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22884
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    ABSTRACT: A complex network of transcription factors regulates specification of neural crest cells at early neurula stage by stabilizing neural crest identity and activating neural crest effector genes so that distinct subpopulations evolve. In this network c-myc acts on top of the gene hierarchy controlling snail2, AP2 and prohibitin1 (phb1) expression. While snail2 and AP2 are well studied neural crest specifier genes little is known about the role of phb1 in this process. To identify phb1 regulated genes we analyzed the transcriptome of neural crest explants of phb1 morphant Xenopus embryos. Among 147 phb1 regulated genes we identified the membrane associated protein-tyrosine phosphatase PRP4A3 (prl3) and the atypical cadherin and Wnt-PCP component van gogh like1 (vangl1). Gain of function, loss of function and epistasis experiments allowed us to allocate both genes in the neural crest specification network between phb1 and twist. Interestingly, both, vangl1 and prl3 regulate only a small subset of neural crest marker genes. The identification of two membrane associated proteins as novel neural crest specifiers indicates that in addition to gene regulation by combinatory effects of transcription factors also post-translational modifications (prl3) and cell-cell adhesion and/or regulation of cell-polarity (vangl1) specify the identity of neural crest cell populations. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 08/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22883
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    ABSTRACT: The neural-epidermal boundary tissues include the neural crest and preplacodal ectoderm (PPE) as primordial constituents. The PPE region is essential for the development of various sensory and endocrine organs, such as the anterior lobe of the pituitary, olfactory epithelium, lens, trigeminal ganglion, and otic vesicles. During gastrulation, a neural region is induced in ectodermal cells that interacts with mesendodermal tissue and responds to several secreted factors. Among them, inhibition of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) in the presumptive neuroectoderm is essential for the induction of neural regions, and formation of a Wnt and fibroblast growth factor (FGF) signaling gradient along the midline determines anterior-posterior patterning. In this study, we attempted to specifically induce PPE cells from undifferentiated Xenopus cells by regulating BMP, Wnt and FGF signaling. We showed that the proper level of BMP inhibition with an injection of truncated BMP receptor or treatment with a chemical antagonist triggered the expression of PPE genes. In addition, by varying the amount of injected chordin, we optimized specific expression of the PPE genes. PPE gene expression increased by adding an appropriate dose of a FGF receptor antagonist. Furthermore, co-injection with either wnt8 or the Wnt inhibitor dkk-1 altered the expression levels of several region-specific genes according to the injected dose. We specifically induced PPE cell differentiation in animal cap cells from early-stage Xenopus embryos by modulating BMP, Wnt and FGF signaling. This is not the first research on placode induction, but our simple method could potentially be applied to mammalian stem cell systems. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 08/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22881
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    ABSTRACT: RFX transcription factors are key regulators of ciliogenesis in vertebrates. In Xenopus and zebrafish embryos, knockdown of Rfx2 causes defects in neural tube closure and in left-right axis patterning. To determine the essential role of the Rfx2 gene in mammalian development, we generated Rfx2-deficient mice using an embryonic stem cell clone containing a lacZ gene trap reporter inserted into the first intron of the Rfx2 gene. We found that the Rfx2 lacZ reporter is expressed in ciliated tissues during mouse development including the node, the floor plate and the dorsal neural tube. However, mice homozygous for the Rfx2 gene trap mutation did not have defects in neural tube closure or in organ situs. The gene trap insertion appears to create a null allele as Rfx2 mRNA was not detected in Rfx2(gt/gt) embryos. Although Rfx2-deficient mice do not have an obvious embryonic phenotype, we found that Rfx2(gt/gt) males are infertile due to a defect in spermatid maturation at or before the round and elongating spermatid stage. Our results indicate that Rfx2 is not essential for embryonic development in the mouse but is required for spermatogenesis. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 08/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22880
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    ABSTRACT: The abundance of phenotypic diversity among species can enrich our knowledge of development and genetics beyond the limits of variation that can be observed in model organisms. The Phenoscape Knowledgebase (KB) is designed to enable exploration and discovery of phenotypic variation among species. Because phenotypes in the KB are annotated using standard ontologies, evolutionary phenotypes can be compared with phenotypes from genetic perturbations in model organisms. To illustrate the power of this approach, we review the use of the KB to find taxa showing evolutionary variation similar to that of a query gene. Matches are made between the full set of phenotypes described for a gene and an evolutionary profile, the latter of which is defined as the set of phenotypes that are variable among the daughters of any node on the taxonomic tree. Phenoscape's semantic similarity interface allows the user to assess the statistical significance of each match and flags matches that may only result from differences in annotation coverage between genetic and evolutionary studies. Tools such as this will help meet the challenge of relating the growing volume of genetic knowledge in model organisms to the diversity of phenotypes in nature. The Phenoscape KB is available at This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 07/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22878
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    ABSTRACT: Ellis-van Creveld (EvC) syndrome (OMIM 225500) is an autosomal recessive disease characterized with chondrodysplastic dwarfism in association with abnormalities in oral cavity. Ciliary proteins EVC and EVC2 have been identified as causative genes and they play an important role on Hedgehog signal transduction. We have also identified a causative gene LIMBIN for bovine chondrodysplastic dwarfism (bcd) that is later identified as the bovine ortholog of EVC2. Here, we report generation of conventional and conditional mutant Evc2/Limbin alleles that mimics mutations found in EvC patients and bcd cattle. Resulted homozygous mice showed no ciliary localization of EVC2 and EVC and displayed reduced Hedgehog signaling activity in association with skeletal and oral defects similar to the EvC patients. Cartilage-specific disruption of Evc2/Limbin resulted in similar but milder skeletal defects, whereas osteoblast-specific disruption did not cause overt changes in skeletal system. Neural crest-specific disruption of Evc2/Limbin resulted in defective incisor growth similar to that seen in conventional knockouts; however, differentiation of amelobolasts was relatively normal in the conditional knockouts. These results showcased functions of EVC2/LIMBIN during formation of mineralized tissues. Availability of the conditional allele for this gene should facilitate further detailed analyses of the role of EVC2/LIMBIN in pathogenesis of EvC syndrome. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 07/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22879
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    ABSTRACT: The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) is a continuously updated, online database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana that provides a global research community with centralized access to data for over 30,000 Arabidopsis genes. TAIR's biocurators systematically extract, organize, and interconnect experimental data from the literature along with computational predictions, community submissions, and high throughput datasets to present a high quality and comprehensive picture of Arabidopsis gene function. TAIR provides tools for data visualization and analysis, and enables ordering of seed and DNA stocks, protein chips and other experimental resources. TAIR actively engages with its users who contribute expertise and data that augments the work of the curatorial staff. TAIR's focus in an extensive and evolving ecosystem of online resources for plant biology is on the critically important role of extracting experimentally-based research findings from the literature and making that information computationally accessible. In response to the loss of government grant funding, the TAIR team founded a nonprofit entity, Phoenix Bioinformatics, with the aim of developing sustainable funding models for biological databases, using TAIR as a test case. Phoenix has successfully transitioned TAIR to subscription-based funding while still keeping its data relatively open and accessible. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 07/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22877
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    ABSTRACT: Angiogenesis is an essential requirement for embryonic development and adult homeostasis. Its deregulation is a key feature of numerous pathologies and many studies have shown that members of the transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β) family of proteins play important roles in angiogenesis during development and disease. Betaglycan (BG), also known as TGF-β receptor type III, is a TGF-β co-receptor essential for mice embryonic development but its role in angiogenesis has not been described. We have cloned the cDNA encoding zebrafish BG, a TGF-β-binding membrane proteoglycan that showed a dynamic expression pattern in zebrafish embryos, including the notochord and cells adjacent to developing vessels. Injection of antisense morpholinos decreased BG protein levels and morphant embryos exhibited impaired angiogenesis that was rescued by co-injection with rat BG mRNA. In vivo time-lapse microscopy revealed that BG deficiency differentially affected arterial and venous angiogenesis: morphants showed impaired pathfinding of intersegmental vessels migrating from dorsal aorta, while endothelial cells originating from the caudal vein displayed sprouting and migration defects. Our results reveal a new role for BG during embryonic angiogenesis in zebrafish, which has not been described in mammals and pose interesting questions about the molecular machinery regulating angiogenesis in different vertebrates. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 07/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22876
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    ABSTRACT: Grainyhead-like genes are part of a highly conserved gene family that play a number of roles in ectoderm development and maintenance in mammals. Here we identify a novel allele of Grhl2, cleft-face 3 (clft3), in a mouse line recovered from an ENU mutagenesis screen for organogenesis defects. Homozygous clft3 mutants have a number of phenotypes in common with other alleles of Grhl2. We note a significant effect of genetic background on the clft3 phenotype. One of these is a reduction in size of the telencephalon where we find abnormal patterns of neural progenitor mitosis and apoptosis in mutant brains. Interestingly, Grhl2 is not expressed in the developing forebrain, suggesting this is a survival factor for neural progenitors exerting a paracrine effect on the neural tissue from the overlying ectoderm where Grhl2 is highly expressed. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 07/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22875
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    ABSTRACT: Xenbase, the Xenopus model organism database (, is a cloud-based, web accessible resource that integrates the diverse genomic and biological data from Xenopus research. Xenopus frogs are one of the major vertebrate animal models used for biomedical research, and Xenbase is the central repository for the enormous amount of data generated using this model tetrapod. The goal of Xenbase is to accelerate discovery by enabling investigators to make novel connections between molecular pathways in Xenopus and human disease. Our relational database and user-friendly interface make these data easy to query, and allows investigators to quickly interrogate and link different data types in ways that would otherwise be difficult, time consuming, or impossible. Xenbase also enhances the value of these data through high quality gene expression curation and data integration, by providing bioinformatics tools optimized for Xenopus experiments, and by linking Xenopus data to other model organisms and to human data. Xenbase draws in data via pipelines that download data, parse the content, and save them into appropriate files and database tables. Furthermore, Xenbase makes these data accessible to the broader biomedical community by continually providing annotated data updates to organizations such as NCBI, UniProtKB and Ensembl. Here we describe our bioinformatics, genome-browsing tools, data acquisition and sharing, our community submitted and literature curation pipelines, text-mining support, gene page features and the curation of gene nomenclature and gene models.fga This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 07/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22873
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    ABSTRACT: The Mouse Genome Database (MGD, is the international scientific database for genetic, genomic, and biological data on the laboratory mouse to support the research requirements of the biomedical community. To accomplish this goal, MGD provides broad data coverage, serves as the authoritative standard for mouse nomenclature for genes, mutants, and strains, and curates and integrates many types of data from literature and electronic sources. Among the key data sets MGD supports are: the complete catalog of mouse genes and genome features, comparative homology data for mouse and vertebrate genes, the authoritative set of Gene Ontology (GO) annotations for mouse gene functions, a comprehensive catalog of mouse mutations and their phenotypes, and a curated compendium of mouse models of human diseases. Here we describe the data acquisition process, specifics about MGD's key data areas, methods to access and query MGD data, and outreach and user help facilities. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 07/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22874
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    ABSTRACT: Recent studies suggest that RNA can move from one cell to another and regulate genes through specific base-pairing. Mechanisms that modify or select RNA for secretion from a cell are unclear. Secreted RNA can be stable enough to be detected in the extracellular environment and can enter the cytosol of distant cells to regulate genes. Mechanisms that import RNA into the cytosol of an animal cell can enable uptake of RNA from many sources including other organisms. This role of RNA is akin to that of steroid hormones, which cross cell membranes to regulate genes. The potential diagnostic use of RNA in human extracellular fluids has ignited interest in understanding mechanisms that enable the movement of RNA between animal cells. Genetic model systems will be essential to gain more confidence in proposed mechanisms of RNA transport and to connect an extracellular RNA with a specific biological function. Studies in the worm C. elegans and in other animals have begun to reveal parts of this novel mechanism of cell-to-cell communication. Here, I summarize the current state of this nascent field, highlight the many unknowns, and suggest future directions. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 07/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22871
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    ABSTRACT: InterMine is a data integration warehouse and analysis software system developed for large and complex biological datasets. Designed for integrative analysis it can be accessed through a user-friendly web interface. For bioinformaticians, extensive web services as well as programming interfaces for most common scripting languages support access to all features. The web interface includes a useful identifier look-up system, and both simple and sophisticated search options. Interactive results tables enable exploration, and data can be filtered, summarised and browsed. A set of graphical analysis tools provide a rich environment for data exploration including statistical enrichment of sets of genes or other entities. InterMine databases have been developed for the major model organisms, budding yeast, nematode worm, fruit fly, zebrafish, mouse and rat together with a newly developed human database. Here we describe how this has facilitated interoperation and development of cross-organism analysis tools and reports. InterMine as a data exploration and analysis tool is also described. All the InterMine based systems described in the paper are resources freely available to the scientific community. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22869
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    ABSTRACT: The Zebrafish Model Organism Database (ZFIN; is the central resource for genetic and genomic data from zebrafish (Danio rerio) research. ZFIN staff curate detailed information about genes, mutants, genotypes, reporter lines, sequences, constructs, antibodies, knockdown reagents, expression patterns, phenotypes, gene product function, and orthology from publications. Researchers can submit mutant, transgenic, expression, and phenotype data directly to ZFIN and use the ZFIN Community Wiki to share antibody and protocol information. Data can be accessed through topic-specific searches, a new site-wide search, and the data-mining resource ZebrafishMine ( Data download and web service options are also available. ZFIN collaborates with major bioinformatics organizations to verify and integrate genomic sequence data, provide nomenclature support, establish reciprocal links and participate in the development of standardized structured vocabularies (ontologies) used for data annotation and searching. ZFIN-curated gene, function, expression, and phenotype data are available for comparative exploration at several multi-species resources. The use of zebrafish as a model for human disease is increasing. ZFIN is supporting this growing area with three major projects: adding easy access to computed orthology data from gene pages, curating details of the gene expression pattern changes in mutant fish, and curating zebrafish models of human diseases. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22868
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    ABSTRACT: dictyBase is the model organism database for the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum and related species. The primary mission of dictyBase is to provide the biomedical research community with well-integrated high quality data, and tools that enable original research. Data presented at dictyBase is obtained from sequencing centers, groups performing high throughput experiments such as large-scale mutagenesis studies, and RNAseq data, as well as a growing number of manually added functional gene annotations from the published literature, including Gene Ontology, strain, and phenotype annotations. Through the Dicty Stock Center we provide the community with an impressive amount of annotated strains and plasmids. Recently dictyBase accomplished a major overhaul to adapt an outdated infrastructure to the current technological advances, thus facilitating the implementation of innovative tools and comparative genomics. It also provides new strategies for high quality annotations that enable bench researchers to benefit from the rapidly increasing volume of available data. dictyBase is highly responsive to its users needs, building a successful relationship that capitalizes on the vast efforts of the Dictyostelium research community. dictyBase has become the trusted data resource for Dictyostelium investigators, other investigators or organizations seeking information about Dictyostelium, as well as educators who use this model system. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22867
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    ABSTRACT: Molecular and functional studies of genes in neurons in mouse models require neuron-specific Cre lines. The current available neuronal Cre transgenic or knock-in lines either result in expression in a subset of neurons or expression in both neuronal and non-neuronal tissues. Previously we identified BAF53b as a neuron-specific subunit of the chromatin remodeling BAF complexes. Using a bacteria artificial chromosome (BAC) construct containing the BAF53b gene, we generated a Cre transgenic mouse under the control of BAF53b regulatory elements. Like the endogenous BAF53b gene, we showed that BAF53b-Cre is largely neuron-specific. In both central and peripheral nervous systems, it was expressed in all developing neurons examined and was not observed in neural progenitors or glial cells. In addition, BAF53b-Cre functioned in primary cultures in a pan-neuron-specific manner. Thus, BAF53b-Cre mice will be a useful genetic tool to manipulate gene expression in developing neurons for molecular, biochemical, and functional studies. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22866
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    ABSTRACT: The zebrafish brain can continue to produce new neurons in widespread neurogenic brain regions throughout life. In contrast, neurogenesis in the adult mammalian brain is restricted to the subventricular zone (SVZ) and dentate gyrus (DG). In neurogenic regions in the adult brain, radial glial cells (RGCs) are considered to function as neural stem cells (NSCs). We generated a Tg(gfap:Gal4FF) transgenic zebrafish line, which enabled us to express specific genes in RGCs. To study the function of RGCs in neurogenesis in the adult zebrafish brain, we also generated a Tg(gfap:Gal4FF;UAS:nfsB-mcherry) transgenic zebrafish line, which allowed us to induce cell death exclusively within RGCs upon addition of metronidazole (Mtz) to the media. RGCs expressing nitroreductase were specifically ablated by the Mtz treatment, decreasing the number of proliferative RGCs. Using the Tg(gfap:Gal4FF;UAS:nfsB-mcherry) transgenic zebrafish line, we found that RGCs were specifically ablated in the adult zebrafish telencephalon. The Tg(gfap:Gal4FF) line could be useful to study the function of RGCs. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    genesis 06/2015; DOI:10.1002/dvg.22865