Stage and tissue-specific expression of fosB during mouse development

Differentiation. 1991 Feb;46(1):43-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1432-0436.1991.tb00864.x.


The product of the fos-related fosB gene shares many properties with c-Fos such as inducibility by growth factors, complex formation with members of the Jun family and cooperative binding with Jun to the TPA response element (TRE). To investigate whether in contrast to these functional similarities, the two genes might be differentially regulated, we have analysed the expression of fosB during mouse development by in situ hybridization. A spatially restricted accumulation of fosB mRNA in the visceral yolk sac and the nervous system was observed during late gestation. The highest levels of fosB mRNA were found in the cortex and the dorsal columns of the spinal cord. Moreover, stage-specific expression was seen in sensory organs such as retina and vibrissae, where the levels of fosB RNA either increased (retina) or decreased (vibrissae) between days 15 and 18. Our results suggest that fosB may have a specific function in the development of ectoderm-derived tissues. Expression of fosB during prenatal development differs markedly from the known expression pattern of c-fos, pointing to different tissue-specific functions for c-fos and fosB.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Embryonic and Fetal Development*
  • Fetus / cytology
  • Fetus / physiology*
  • Gene Expression
  • Mice
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases / genetics
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins / genetics*
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-fos
  • Proto-Oncogenes
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / isolation & purification
  • Restriction Mapping


  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins
  • Proto-Oncogene Proteins c-fos
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Protein-Tyrosine Kinases