Identification of a chicken homologue in the Brn-3 subfamily of POU-transcription factors

Brain Res Dev Brain Res. 1997 Jun 18;100(2):169-82. doi: 10.1016/s0165-3806(97)00038-2.


Among the many transcription factors thus far identified several are found to be expressed almost exclusively in the nervous system. The Brn-3 subfamily of POU-transcription factors constitutes a highly conserved group of such factors showing expression predominantly in sensory neurons. We now describe the nucleotide sequence and proposed amino acid sequence of a chicken homologue to the murine and human Brn-3 genes. Furthermore we characterise the early embryonic expression pattern of this chicken Brn-3 gene and show it to be expressed in peripheral sensory ganglia as well as in retinal ganglion cells. Based on these findings we conclude that the chicken homologue to the murine and human Brn-3a genes has been cloned. We have begun to examine possible regulatory pathways of Brn-3a by stimulating chick embryonic peripheral ganglia with trophic factors and assaying resulting levels of Brn-3a with a quantitative PCR approach. Trigeminal and dorsal root ganglia stimulated in culture by NGF and NT-3 embryonic day 9 (E9) produce neurites without raising the Brn-3a mRNA levels.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Blotting, Northern
  • Brain / embryology
  • Brain Chemistry / genetics*
  • Chick Embryo
  • Chickens / genetics*
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • DNA / analysis
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / biosynthesis*
  • DNA-Binding Proteins / genetics
  • Ganglia, Sympathetic / embryology
  • Ganglia, Sympathetic / metabolism
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nerve Growth Factors / pharmacology
  • Neurites / ultrastructure
  • Neurotrophin 3
  • Nodose Ganglion / embryology
  • Nodose Ganglion / metabolism
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • RNA, Messenger / analysis
  • RNA, Messenger / biosynthesis
  • Transcription Factor Brn-3
  • Transcription Factors / biosynthesis*
  • Transcription Factors / genetics


  • DNA-Binding Proteins
  • Nerve Growth Factors
  • Neurotrophin 3
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Transcription Factor Brn-3
  • Transcription Factors
  • DNA

Associated data

  • GENBANK/X91997
  • GENBANK/X91998