Figures for Auer et al., 2015

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Fig. 1, S1 Melanosomes transport is not abolished in kif5aa mutants but they show no optokinetic response.

(A) Phenotype of wild-type, kif5aa*162 mutant, lakritz and blumenkohl embryos at 5 dpf. All three mutants show expanded melanosomes and appear dark. Application of norepinephrine (NA) results in aggregation of melanosomes. Scale bar = 200 µm. (B) Application of NA leads to aggregation of melanosomes in kif5aa mutant embryos; washing out of the drug results in their re-expansion. Scale bar = 200 µm. (C) Schematics illustrating the organization of the optic tectum in wild-type, lakritz and blumenkohl embryos. The tectum is subdivided in multiple sublaminae. Retinal Ganglion Cells (RGC) axonal arbors grow into distinct layers within the tectal neuropil where they form functional synaptic connections with dendrites of periventricular neurons (PVNs). Lakritz mutant embryos lack all retinal input as they fail to specify RGCs. Blumenkohl mutants grow RGCs with increased axonal arbor sizes. The rate of synaptic transmission between RGCs and periventricular neurons is reduced. SO = stratum opticum, SFGS = stratum fibrosum et griseum superficiale, SGC = stratum griseum central, SAC = stratum album central, SPV = stratum periventriculare. (D) Kif5aa*162 mutant embryos do not show an optokinetic response. Eye positions (angles relative to a horizontal axis) were plotted over time during optokinetic stimulation in one direction. During the first 60 s, no stimulus is shown followed by 60 s of motion stimulation. The OKR has a sawtooth profile in siblings, consisting of alternating quick and slow phases while kif5aa*162 mutants do not show any response to the stimulus (n = 6).

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