Repulsion and Attraction of Axons by Semaphorin3D Are Mediated by Different Neuropilins In Vivo

Department of Zoology and Anatomy, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin 53706, USA.
The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 6.34). 10/2004; 24(39):8428-35. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2349-04.2004
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Class 3 semaphorins are known to repel and/or sometimes attract axons; however, their role in guiding developing axons in the CNS in vivo is still essentially unknown. We investigated the role of Semaphorin3D (Sema3D) in the formation of the early axon pathways in the zebrafish CNS. Morpholino knock-down shows that Sema3D is essential for the correct formation of two early axon pathways. Sema3D appears to guide axons of the nucleus of the medial longitudinal fasciculus (nucMLF) by repulsion and modulation of fasciculation. In contrast, Sema3D appears to be attractive to telencephalic neurons that form the anterior commissure (AC). Knock-down of Neuropilin-1A (Npn-1A) phenocopied the effects of Sema3D knock-down on the nucMLF axons, and knock-down of either Npn-1A or Npn-2B phenocopied the defects of the AC. Furthermore, simultaneous partial knock-down experiments demonstrated genetic interactions among Sema3D, Npn-1A, and Npn-2B. Together, these data support the hypothesis that Sema3D may act as a repellent through receptors containing Npn-1A and as an attractant via receptors containing Npn-1A and Npn-2B.

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    • "reviously ( Gaudin et al . , 2012 ) . Examination of the aberrant dorsal ADt axons suggests that Dcc is likely involved in the asymmetric out - growth of the ADt neurons ( Gao et al . 2012 ) . Previous studies have implicated other guidance factors such as neuropilins and semaphorin in the guidance of the anterior commissural axon to the midline ( Wolman et al . , 2004 ) . These and other factors such as Neogenin , a guidance receptor related to Dcc ( Wilson and Key , 2007 ; De Vries and Cooper , 2008 ) , may partially compensate for the loss of the Dcc function to mediate the AC formation ."
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    • "What is known is that Sema3d can bind to Nrp1 ectopically expressed by COS cells in vitro (Feiner et al., 1997). There is also some evidence in vivo that Nrp1 is important for Sema3d signaling in zebrafish, as Nrp1 knockdowns phenocopy Sema3d knockdowns; losing axon repulsion of axons from the nucleus of the medial longitudinal fasciculus (Wolman et al., 2004). The same study suggested that Nrp2 may be a constituent of the Sema3d receptor, as knockdown of Sema3d or Nrp2 showed a similar phenotype. "
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    • "Some semaphorins have been shown to exhibit both attractive and repulsive activities in vitro and in vivo (Song et al., 1998; Castellani et al., 2000, 2002; Wolman et al., 2004). Recent studies show novel mechanisms underlying the switch of Sema3E function from axonal repulsion to attraction (Chauvet et al., 2007; Bellon et al., 2010). "
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