Expression of Hairy/enhancer of split genes in neural progenitors and neurogenesis domains of the adult zebrafish brain

Chapouton, P., Webb, K.J., Stigloher, C., Alunni, A., Adolf, B., Hesl, B., Topp, S., Kremmer, E., and Bally-Cuif, L.
The Journal of comparative neurology   519(9): 1748-1769 (Journal)
Registered Authors
Adolf, Birgit, Alunni, Alessandro, Bally-Cuif, Laure, Chapouton, Prisca, Stigloher, Christian, Topp, Stefanie, Webb, Katharine
Her/Hes bHLH transcription factors, neurogenesis, adult neural stem cells, zebrafish
MeSH Terms
  • Animals
  • Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors/biosynthesis
  • Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors/genetics
  • Basic Helix-Loop-Helix Transcription Factors/metabolism*
  • Brain/cytology
  • Brain/metabolism*
  • Cell Lineage/genetics
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental/physiology
  • Homeodomain Proteins/biosynthesis*
  • Homeodomain Proteins/genetics
  • Homeodomain Proteins/metabolism
  • Hypothalamus/cytology
  • Hypothalamus/metabolism
  • Mesencephalon/cytology
  • Mesencephalon/metabolism
  • Neurogenesis/physiology*
  • Neuroglia/cytology
  • Neuroglia/metabolism
  • Species Specificity
  • Telencephalon/cytology
  • Telencephalon/metabolism
  • Zebrafish
  • Zebrafish Proteins/biosynthesis*
  • Zebrafish Proteins/genetics
21452233 Full text @ J. Comp. Neurol.
All subdivisions of the adult zebrafish brain maintain niches of constitutive neurogenesis, sustained by quiescent and multipotent progenitor populations. In the telencephalon, the latter potential neural stem cells take the shape of radial glia aligned along the ventricle and are controlled by Notch signalling. With the aim of identifying new markers of this cell type and of comparing the effectors of embryonic and adult neurogenesis, we focused on the family of hairy/enhancer of split [E(spl)] genes. We report the expression of seven hairy/E(spl) (her) genes and the new helt gene in three neurogenic areas of the adult zebrafish brain (telencephalon, hypothalamus, and midbrain) in relation to radial glia, proliferation, and neurogenesis. We show that the expression of most her genes in the adult brain characterizes quiescent radial glia, whereas only few are expressed in progenitor domains engaged in active proliferation or neurogenesis. The low proliferation status of most her-positive progenitors contrasts with the embryonic nervous system, in which her genes are expressed in actively dividing progenitors. Likewise, we demonstrate largely overlapping expression domains of a set of her genes in the adult brain, which is in striking contrast to their distinct embryonic expression profiles. Overall, our data provide a consolidated map of her expression, quiescent glia, proliferation, and neurogenesis in these various subdivisions of the adult brain and suggest distinct regulation and function of Her factors in the embryonic and adult contexts.
Genes / Markers
Mutation and Transgenics
Human Disease / Model Data
Sequence Targeting Reagents
Engineered Foreign Genes
Errata and Notes