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Mech Dev. 2000 Feb;90(2):283-7.

Subcellular and developmental expression of alternatively spliced forms of fibroblast growth factor 14.

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Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 63110, USA.


Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) 11-14 comprise a subfamily of FGFs with poorly defined biological function. Here we characterize two isoforms of FGF14 (FGF14-1a and FGF14-1b) that result from the alternative usage of two different first exons. We demonstrate that these isoforms have differential subcellular localization and that they are differentially expressed in various adult tissues. Using in situ hybridization we show that Fgf14 is widely expressed in brain, spinal cord, major arteries and thymus between 12.5 and 14.5 days of mouse embryonic development. We also show that during cerebellar development, Fgf14 is first observed at postnatal day 1 in post mitotic granule cells, and later in development, in migrating and post migratory granule cells. The developmental expression pattern of Fgf14 in the cerebellum is complementary to that of Math1, a marker for proliferating granule cells in the external germinal layer.

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