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eNeuro. 2019 Mar 12;6(1). pii: ENEURO.0356-18.2019. doi: 10.1523/ENEURO.0356-18.2019. eCollection 2019 Jan-Feb.

LDB1 Is Required for the Early Development of the Dorsal Telencephalon and the Thalamus.

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Department of Life Sciences, Sophia College for Women, Mumbai 400026, India.
Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai 400005, India.


LIM domain binding protein 1 (LDB1) is a protein cofactor that participates in several multiprotein complexes with transcription factors that regulate mouse forebrain development. Since Ldb1 null mutants display early embryonic lethality, we used a conditional knockout strategy to examine the role of LDB1 in early forebrain development using multiple Cre lines. Loss of Ldb1 from E8.75 using Foxg1Cre caused a disruption of midline boundary structures in the dorsal telencephalon. While this Cre line gave the expected pattern of recombination of the floxed Ldb1 locus, unexpectedly, standard Cre lines that act from embryonic day (E)10.5 (Emx1Cre) and E11.5 (NesCre) did not show efficient or complete recombination in the dorsal telencephalon by E12.5. Intriguingly, this effect was specific to the Ldb1 floxed allele, since three other lines including floxed Ai9 and mTmG reporters, and a floxed Lhx2 line, each displayed the expected spatial patterns of recombination. Furthermore, the incomplete recombination of the floxed Ldb1 locus using NesCre was limited to the dorsal telencephalon, while the ventral telencephalon and the diencephalon displayed the expected loss of Ldb1. This permitted us to examine the requirement for LDB1 in the development of the thalamus in a context wherein the cortex continued to express Ldb1. We report that the somatosensory VB nucleus is profoundly shrunken upon loss of LDB1. Our findings highlight the unusual nature of the Ldb1 locus in terms of recombination efficiency, and also report a novel role for LDB1 during the development of the thalamus.


Cre recombinase activity; Ldb1; forebrain; inefficient floxing; somatosensory thalamus

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