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Differential expression of PKCα and -β in the zebrafish retina


Haug, Marion F; Berger, Manuela; Gesemann, Matthias; Neuhauss, Stephan C F (2019). Differential expression of PKCα and -β in the zebrafish retina. Histochemistry and Cell Biology, 151(6):521-530.

Abstract

The retina is a complex neural circuit, which processes and transmits visual information from light perceiving photoreceptors to projecting retinal ganglion cells. Much of the computational power of the retina rests on signal integrating interneurons, such as bipolar cells. Commercially available antibodies against bovine and human conventional protein kinase C (PKC) α and -β are frequently used as markers for retinal ON-bipolar cells in different species, despite the fact that it is not known which bipolar cell subtype(s) they actually label. In zebrafish (Danio rerio) five prkc genes (coding for PKC proteins) have been identified. Their expression has not been systematically determined. While prkcg is not expressed in retinal tissue, the other four prkc (prkcaa, prkcab, prkcba, prkcbb) transcripts were found in different parts of the inner nuclear layer and some as well in the retinal ganglion cell layer. Immunohistochemical analysis in adult zebrafish retina using fluorescent in situ hybridization and PKC antibodies showed an overlapping immunolabeling of ON-bipolar cells that are most likely of the BON s6 and BON s6L or RRod type. However, comparison of transcript expression with immunolabeling, implies that these antibodies are not specific for one single zebrafish conventional PKC, but rather detect a combination of PKC -α and -β variants.

Abstract

The retina is a complex neural circuit, which processes and transmits visual information from light perceiving photoreceptors to projecting retinal ganglion cells. Much of the computational power of the retina rests on signal integrating interneurons, such as bipolar cells. Commercially available antibodies against bovine and human conventional protein kinase C (PKC) α and -β are frequently used as markers for retinal ON-bipolar cells in different species, despite the fact that it is not known which bipolar cell subtype(s) they actually label. In zebrafish (Danio rerio) five prkc genes (coding for PKC proteins) have been identified. Their expression has not been systematically determined. While prkcg is not expressed in retinal tissue, the other four prkc (prkcaa, prkcab, prkcba, prkcbb) transcripts were found in different parts of the inner nuclear layer and some as well in the retinal ganglion cell layer. Immunohistochemical analysis in adult zebrafish retina using fluorescent in situ hybridization and PKC antibodies showed an overlapping immunolabeling of ON-bipolar cells that are most likely of the BON s6 and BON s6L or RRod type. However, comparison of transcript expression with immunolabeling, implies that these antibodies are not specific for one single zebrafish conventional PKC, but rather detect a combination of PKC -α and -β variants.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Molecular Life Sciences
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Uncontrolled Keywords:Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Histology
Language:English
Date:1 June 2019
Deposited On:27 Jun 2019 09:33
Last Modified:02 Jan 2020 01:00
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0948-6143
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00418-018-1764-8
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID31003A_135598
  • : Project TitleGenetic Analysis of Vertebrate Vision
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID31003A_153289
  • : Project TitleGenetic Analysis of Vertebrate Vision

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