The expression of transthyretin mRNA in the developing rat brain

Dev Biol. 1988 Aug;128(2):415-27. doi: 10.1016/0012-1606(88)90303-x.


Specific cDNA and oligonucleotide probes were used to study the appearance of transthyretin mRNA in developing rat brain using Northern gel analysis, cytoplasmic dot hybridization, and in situ hybridization. Transthyretin mRNA in embryonic rat brain was found to be confined to the epithelial layer of the choroid plexus primordia appearing first in the fourth ventricle, followed by appearance in the lateral ventricles, and subsequently in the third ventricle. Transthyretin mRNA was localized in these cells from early stages of neuroepithelium differentiation, showing that it is a sensitive marker for the differentiation of the choroid plexus within the fetal brain.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Basement Membrane / analysis
  • Brain / embryology*
  • DNA / analysis
  • Female
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Nucleic Acid Hybridization
  • Prealbumin / genetics*
  • Pregnancy
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred BUF


  • Prealbumin
  • RNA, Messenger
  • DNA