ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-200129-5
Loss of Crb2b-lf leads to anterior segment defects in old zebrafish
Kujawski, S., Crespo, C., Luz, M., Yuan, M., Winkler, S., Knust, E.
Date: 2020
Source: Biology Open   9(2): (Journal)
Registered Authors: Crespo, Cátia, Knust, Elisabeth, Kujawski, Satu, Luz, Marta, Winkler, Sylke
Keywords: Cornea, Development, Iris, Lens, Polarity
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Embryonic Development/genetics*
  • Eye/embryology
  • Homozygote
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Membrane Proteins/genetics*
  • Mutation
  • Organogenesis/genetics*
  • Phenotype
  • Zebrafish/embryology*
  • Zebrafish/genetics*
  • Zebrafish Proteins/genetics*
PubMed: 31988089 Full text @ Biol. Open
Defects in the retina or the anterior segment of the eye lead to compromised vision and affect millions of people. Understanding how these ocular structures develop and are maintained is therefore of paramount importance. The maintenance of proper vision depends, among others, on the function of genes controlling apico-basal polarity. In fact, mutations in polarity genes are linked to retinal degeneration in several species, including human. Here we describe a novel zebrafish crb2b allele (crb2be40 ), which specifically affects the crb2b long isoform. crb2be40 mutants are viable and display normal ocular development. However, old crb2be40 mutant fish develop multiple defects in structures of the anterior segment, which includes the cornea, the iris and the lens. Phenotypes are characterised by smaller pupils due to expansion of the iris and tissues of the iridocorneal angle, an increased number of corneal stromal keratocytes, an abnormal corneal endothelium and an expanded lens capsule. These findings illustrate a novel role for crb2b in the maintenance of the anterior segment and hence add an important function to this polarity regulator, which may be conserved in other vertebrates, including humans.