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Gene Expr Patterns 2015 Jan 01;171:26-30. doi: 10.1016/j.gep.2015.01.001.
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Temporal and spatial expression analysis of peripheral myelin protein 22 (Pmp22) in developing Xenopus.

Tae HJ , Rahman MM , Park BY .

Peripheral myelin protein 22 (Pmp22), a member of the junction protein family Claudin/EMP/PMP22, contributes to the formation and maintenance of myelin sheaths in the peripheral nervous system. Apart from the establishment and maintenance of peripheral nerves, Pmp22 and its family member have also participated in a broad range of more general processes including cell cycle regulation and apoptosis during development. Pmp22 has been identified from several vertebrate species including mouse, human and zebrafish. However, Pmp22 has not been identified from Xenopus embryos yet. In this paper, we cloned Pmp22 from Xenopus laevis and evaluated its expression during embryogenesis. We found that Pmp22 was initially expressed in the mesoderm and cement gland during the neurula stage. At early tailbud stage, strong expression of Pmp22 was detected in the trigeminal and profundal ganglia as well as developing somites and branchial arches. Later in development, Pmp22 was expressed specifically in cranio-facial cartilage, roof plate and floor plate of the developing brain, otic vesicle and lens. Pmp22 is also strongly expressed in the developing trachea and lungs. Based on its expression in facial tissues, we propose that Pmp22 may be involved in the formation of head structure in addition to the maintenance of functional peripheral nerves in Xenopus embryos.

PubMed ID: 25616247
Article link: Gene Expr Patterns

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: isl1 maea otx2 pmp22 sox9 wnt3a

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