Serial analysis of gene expression in the chicken otocyst

Saku T. Sinkkonen, Veronika Starlinger, Deepa J. Galaiya, Roman D. Laske, Samuel Myllykangas, Kazuo Oshima, Stefan Heller

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Abstract

The inner ear arises from multipotent placodal precursors that are gradually committed to the otic fate and further differentiate into all inner ear cell types, with the exception of a few immigrating neural crest-derived cells. The otocyst plays a pivotal role during inner ear development: Otic progenitor cells sub-compartmentalize into non-sensory and prosensory domains, giving rise to individual vestibular and auditory organs and their associated ganglia. The genes and pathways underlying this progressive subdivision and differentiation process are not entirely known. The goal of this study was to identify a comprehensive set of genes expressed in the chicken otocyst using the serial analysis of gene expression (SAGE) method. Our analysis revealed several hundred transcriptional regulators, potential signaling proteins, and receptors. We identified a substantial collection of genes that were previously known in the context of inner ear development, but we also found many new candidate genes, such as SOX4, SOX5, SOX7, SOX8, SOX11, and SOX18, which previously were not known to be expressed in the developing inner ear. Despite its limitation of not being all-inclusive, the generated otocyst SAGE library is a practical bioinformatics tool to study otocyst gene expression and to identify candidate genes for developmental studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)697-710
Number of pages14
JournalJARO - Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Volume12
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Gene array
  • Inner ear development
  • Otic vesicle
  • SAGE
  • Sox

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems

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