BMP signaling is required locally to pattern the dorsal telencephalic midline

Neuron. 2002 Sep 12;35(6):1029-41. doi: 10.1016/s0896-6273(02)00900-5.

Abstract

BMPs have been proposed to pattern the medial-lateral axis of the telencephalon in a concentration-dependent manner, thus helping to subdivide the embryonic telencephalon into distinct forebrain regions. Using a CRE/loxP genetic approach, we tested this hypothesis by disrupting the Bmpr1a gene in the telencephalon. In mutants, BMP signaling was compromised throughout the dorsal telencephalon, but only the most dorsalmedial derivative, the choroid plexus, failed to be specified or differentiate. Choroid plexus precursors remained proliferative and did not adopt the fate of their lateral telencephalic neighbors. These results demonstrate that BMP signaling is required for the formation of the most dorsal telencephalic derivative, the choroid plexus, and that BMP signaling plays an essential role in locally patterning the dorsal midline. Our data fail to support a more global, concentration-dependent role in specifying telencephalic cell fates.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Body Patterning / genetics*
  • Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptors, Type I
  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins / genetics
  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins / metabolism*
  • Cell Differentiation / genetics*
  • Choroid Plexus / cytology
  • Choroid Plexus / embryology
  • Choroid Plexus / metabolism
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Female
  • Fetus
  • Forkhead Transcription Factors
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental / genetics*
  • Integrases / genetics
  • Integrases / metabolism
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / genetics
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / metabolism
  • Neurons / cytology
  • Neurons / metabolism
  • Pregnancy
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases*
  • Receptors, Growth Factor*
  • Receptors, Transforming Growth Factor beta / deficiency*
  • Receptors, Transforming Growth Factor beta / genetics
  • Signal Transduction / genetics*
  • Stem Cells / cytology
  • Stem Cells / metabolism
  • Telencephalon / cytology
  • Telencephalon / embryology*
  • Telencephalon / metabolism
  • Viral Proteins / genetics
  • Viral Proteins / metabolism

Substances

  • Bone Morphogenetic Proteins
  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Forkhead Transcription Factors
  • Foxd1 protein, mouse
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Receptors, Growth Factor
  • Receptors, Transforming Growth Factor beta
  • Viral Proteins
  • Protein-Serine-Threonine Kinases
  • Bmpr1a protein, mouse
  • Bone Morphogenetic Protein Receptors, Type I
  • Cre recombinase
  • Integrases