Display Settings:


Send to:

Choose Destination
Development. 2007 Nov;134(22):4063-72. Epub 2007 Oct 17.

Axonal wiring of guanylate cyclase-D-expressing olfactory neurons is dependent on neuropilin 2 and semaphorin 3F.

Author information

  • 1The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Avenue, New York, NY 10021, USA.


The olfactory system of the mouse includes several subsystems that project axons from the olfactory epithelium to the olfactory bulb. Among these is a subset of neurons that do not express the canonical pathway of olfactory signal transduction, but express guanylate cyclase-D (GC-D). These GC-D-positive (GC-D+) neurons are not known to express odorant receptors. Axons of GC-D+ neurons project to the necklace glomeruli, which reside between the main and accessory olfactory bulbs. To label the subset of necklace glomeruli that receive axonal input from GC-D+ neurons, we generated two strains of mice with targeted mutations in the GC-D gene (Gucy2d). These mice co-express GC-D with an axonal marker, tau-beta-galactosidase or tauGFP, by virtue of a bicistronic strategy that leaves the coding region of the Gucy2d gene intact. With these strains, the patterns of axonal projections of GC-D+ neurons to necklace glomeruli can be visualized in whole mounts. We show that deficiency of one of the neuropilin 2 ligands of the class III semaphorin family, Sema3f, but not Sema3b, phenocopies the loss of neuropilin 2 (Nrp2) for axonal wiring of GC-D+ neurons. Some glomeruli homogeneously innervated by axons of GC-D+ neurons form ectopically within the glomerular layer, across wide areas of the main olfactory bulb. Similarly, axonal wiring of some vomeronasal sensory neurons is perturbed by a deficiency of Nrp2 or Sema3f, but not Sema3b or Sema3c. Our findings provide genetic evidence for a Nrp2-Sema3f interaction as a determinant of the wiring of axons of GC-D+ neurons into the unusual configuration of necklace glomeruli.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk