The Activating Transcription Factor 5 (ATF5) is a basic leucine-zipper (bZIP) transcription factor (TF) with proposed stress-protective, anti-apoptotic and oncogenic roles which were all established in cell systems. In whole animals, Atf5 function seems highly context dependent. Atf5 is strongly expressed in the rodent nose and mice knockout (KO) pups have defective olfactory sensory neurons (OSNs), smaller olfactory bulbs (OB), while adults are smell deficient. It was therefore proposed that Atf5 plays an important role in maturation and maintenance of OSNs. Atf5 expression was also described in murine liver and bones where it appears to promote differentiation of progenitor cells. By contrast in the rodent brain, Atf5 was first described as uniquely expressed in neuroprogenitors and thus, proposed to drive their proliferation and inhibit their differentiation. However, it was later also found in mature neurons stressing the need for additional work in whole animals. ATF5 is well conserved with two paralogs, atf5a and atf5b in zebrafish. Here, we present the expression patterns for both from 6 h (hpf) to 5day post-fertilization (dpf). We found early expression for both genes, and from 1dpf onwards overlapping expression patterns in the inner ear and the developing liver. In the brain, at 24hpf both atf5a and atf5b were expressed in the forebrain, midbrain, and hindbrain. However, from 2dpf and onwards we only detected atf5a expression namely in the olfactory bulbs, the mesencephalon, and the metencephalon. We further evidenced additional differential expression for atf5a in the sensory neurons of the olfactory organs, and for atf5b in the neuromasts, that form the superficial sensory organ called the lateral line (LL). Our results establish the basis for future functional analyses in this lower vertebrate.
Keywords: Activating transcription factor; Inner ear; Lateral line; Neuroprogenitors; Olfactory organ; Zebrafish.
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