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Conditional deletion of <i>Atoh1</i> results in death of organ of Corti cells and patchy Myo7a-positive presumptive hair cells which are innervated by many nerve fibers.

By Ning Pan (186987), Israt Jahan (130375), Jennifer Kersigo (186991), Jeremy S. Duncan (187006), Benjamin Kopecky (187003) and Bernd Fritzsch (93262)


<p>(<b>a–b</b>) Cell death assay using immunohistochemistry of activated Caspase 3 (red) and PSVue staining (blue) shows that many cells undergo cell death in E15.5 and E16.5 CKO ears. Whole mount cochlea is shown with the lateral wall to the top and the modiolus to the bottom. Dying cells are seen in the region equivalent to the organ of Corti based on their location in close proximity to the nerve fibers shown by Tubulin staining (green in a). When combined with <i>Atoh1 in situ</i> hybridization (false-colored in green in b), many Caspase 3-positive dying cells are found in between the <i>Atoh1</i>-expressing cells (b). (<b>c–d’</b>) Myo7a and Tubulin immunostaining shows presumptive hair cells and their innervation in E18.5 cochlea. In contrast to the stereotyped one row of inner and three rows of outer hair cells seen in control cochlea (c’), the Myo7a-positive hair cells are reduced to only one to two rows in the CKO cochlea (d’). They are continuous in the apex but become patchy in the base with gaps in between (d, d’). The remaining hair cells apparently attract most of the nerve fibers that innervate the mutant ear. (<b>e–f’</b>) Double <i>in situ</i> hybridization for <i>Bmp4</i> and <i>Fgf10</i> shows the boundaries of the organ of Corti. <i>Bmp4</i> is expressed in Claudius cells lateral to the organ of Corti. <i>Fgf10</i> is expressed in the greater epithelial ridge and defines the medial boundary. In the CKO cochlea, the two expression regions are in parallel in the apex (f) like the control (e). However, the <i>Fgf10</i> expression is discontinuous at the base and the <i>Bmp4</i> expression is expanded towards the gaps in the <i>Fgf10</i> expression (f, f’). (<b>g–h”</b>) Immunostaining of Myo7a is combined with the <i>Bmp4</i>/<i>Fgf10</i> double <i>in situ</i> hybridization (false-colored in green in g’” and h”) and shows that the Myo7a-positive hair cells are located between <i>Bmp4</i> and <i>Fgf10</i> expression regions. In the base of the CKO cochlea, the gaps between Myo7a-positive cells correlate with the area where <i>Bmp4</i> expression is expanded towards GER (arrows in h’ and h”). Cl, Claudius cells; GER, greater epithelial ridge; He, Hensen’s cells; OC, organ of Corti; SG, spiral ganglion. Bar indicates 10 µm in a, b and 100 µm in c–h”.</p

Topics: Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, deletion, corti, cells, patchy, myo7a-positive, presumptive, innervated
Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1371/journal.pone.0030358.g002
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