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Mol Cell Neurosci. 2001 Feb;17(2):398-414.

Topographic restriction of TAG-1 expression in the developing retinotectal pathway and target dependent reexpression during axon regeneration.

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  • 1Department of Biology, University of Konstanz, Universit√§tsstrasse 10, Konstanz, 78467, Germany.


TAG-1, a glycosylphosphatidyl inositol (GPI)-anchored protein of the immunoglobulin (Ig) superfamily, exhibits an unusual spatiotemporal expression pattern in the fish visual pathway. Using in situ hybridization and new antibodies (Abs) against fish TAG-1 we show that TAG-1 mRNA and anti-TAG-1 staining is restricted to nasal retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) in 24- to 72-h-old zebrafish embryos and in the adult, continuously growing goldfish retina. Anti-TAG-1 Abs selectively label nasal RGC axons in the nerve, optic tract, and tectum. Axotomized RGCs reexpress TAG-1, which occurs as late as 12 days after optic nerve lesion, when regenerating RGC axons arrive in the tectum, suggesting TAG-1 reexpression is target contact-dependent. Accordingly, TAG-1 reexpression ceases upon interruption of the regenerating projection by a second lesion. The topographic restriction of TAG-1 expression and its target dependency during regeneration suggests that TAG-1 might play a role in the retinotopic organization and restoration of the retinotectal pathway.

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