Expression of the Norrie disease gene (Ndp) in developing and adult mouse eye, ear, and brain

Xin Ye, Philip Smallwood, Jeremy Nathans

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Abstract

The Norrie disease gene (Ndp) codes for a secreted protein, Norrin, that activates canonical Wnt signaling by binding to its receptor, Frizzled-4. This signaling system is required for normal vascular development in the retina and for vascular survival in the cochlea. In mammals, the pattern of Ndp expression beyond the retina is poorly defined due to the low abundance of Norrin mRNA and protein. Here, we characterize Ndp expression during mouse development by studying a knock-in mouse that carries the coding sequence of human placental alkaline phosphatase (AP) inserted at the Ndp locus (NdpAP). In the CNS, NdpAP expression is apparent by E10.5 and is dynamic and complex. The anatomically delimited regions of NdpAP expression observed prenatally in the CNS are replaced postnatally by widespread expression in astrocytes in the forebrain and midbrain, Bergman glia in the cerebellum, and Müller glia in the retina. In the developing and adult cochlea, NdpAP expression is closely associated with two densely vascularized regions, the stria vascularis and a capillary plexus between the organ of Corti and the spiral ganglion. These observations suggest the possibility that Norrin may have developmental and/or homeostatic functions beyond the retina and cochlea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-155
Number of pages5
JournalGene Expression Patterns
Volume11
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2011

Keywords

  • Brain development
  • Frizzled-4
  • Mouse
  • Norrie disease
  • Norrin
  • Vascular development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology

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