A developmental study of novH gene expression in human central nervous system

C R Acad Sci III. 1998 Nov;321(11):883-92. doi: 10.1016/s0764-4469(99)80002-x.


The expression pattern of the human nephroblastoma overexpressed (novH) gene in the fetal human central nervous system was examined by in situ hybridization using digoxigenin-labeled novH-specific riboprobes. In the spinal cord, the nov-expressing neurons were first detected both in the ventral region at 16 weeks of gestation (G16W) and in the dorsal region at G38W. In the medulla, nov-expressing neurons were detected in the principal nucleus of the inferior olive, the hypoglossal nucleus and the dorsal motor nucleus of vagus at G16W. Nov-positive neurons were detected at G28W in the nucleus of the spinal tract of the trigeminal and cuneate nucleus, and at G38W in the abducens nucleus of pons, the red nucleus and the substantia nigra of the midbrain, the ventral posterolateral and the mediodorsal thalamic nucleus. A strong labeling was also detected in the striatum of the cerebrum and the cerebral cortex of the parietal lobe. These data established that novH is mainly expressed in somato-motor neurons in the lower central nervous system at early developmental stages and in the higher central nervous system at later stages, suggesting that nov may play an important role in neuronal differentiation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Central Nervous System / cytology
  • Central Nervous System / metabolism*
  • Connective Tissue Growth Factor
  • Embryonic and Fetal Development / physiology
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental / physiology*
  • Growth Substances
  • Humans
  • Immediate-Early Proteins
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins*
  • Kidney Neoplasms / genetics*
  • Medulla Oblongata / metabolism
  • Nephroblastoma Overexpressed Protein
  • Spinal Cord / metabolism
  • Wilms Tumor / genetics*


  • CCN2 protein, human
  • CCN3 protein, human
  • Growth Substances
  • Immediate-Early Proteins
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Nephroblastoma Overexpressed Protein
  • Connective Tissue Growth Factor