Identification of candidate genes at the corticoseptal boundary during development

Wei Bin Shen, Céline Plachez, Aika S. Mongi, Linda J. Richards

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Cortical midline glia are critical to the formation of the corpus callosum during development. The glial wedge is a population of midline glia that is located at the corticoseptal boundary and expresses repulsive/growth-inhibitory molecules that guide callosal axons as they cross the midline. The glial wedge are the first cells within the cortex to express GFAP and thus may express molecules specific for glial maturation. The corticoseptal boundary is a genetically defined boundary between the cingulate cortex (dorsal telencephalon) and the septum (ventral telencephalon). The correct dorso-ventral position of this boundary is vital to the formation of both the glial wedge and the corpus callosum. Our aim was to identify genes expressed specifically within the glial wedge that might be involved in either glial differentiation, formation of the corticoseptal boundary or development of the corpus callosum. To identify such genes we have performed a differential display PCR screen comparing RNA isolated from the glial wedge with RNA isolated from control tissues such as the neocortex and septum, of embryonic day 17 mouse brains. Using 200 different combinations of primers, we identified and cloned 67 distinct gene fragments. In situ hybridization analysis confirmed the differential expression of many of the genes, and showed that clones G24F3, G39F8 and transcription factor LZIP have specific expression patterns in the telencephalon of embryonic and postnatal brains. An RNase Protection Assay (RPA) revealed that the expression of G39F8, G24F3 and LZIP increase markedly in the telencephalon at E16 and continue to be expressed until at least P0, during the period when the corpus callosum is forming.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-481
Number of pages11
JournalGene Expression Patterns
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jun 2006


  • Axon guidance
  • Differential display PCR
  • Differentiation
  • Glial wedge
  • Midline glia
  • Patterning
  • Zinc finger protein 288
  • tcf4


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