cDNA cloning and expression analysis of NeuroD mRNA in human retina

Harsha R. Acharya, Constance M. Dooley, Wallace B. Thoreson, Iqbal Ahmad

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We have shown that bHLH proteins are involved in mammalian retinal development. Here we report the identification and analysis of the expression of a neurogenic differentiation gene, NeuroD, in human retina. In situ hybridization and immunocytochemical analyses of adult retina showed that NeuroD transcripts and NeuroD immunoreactivity are predominantly localized to the outer nuclear layer which contains the photoreceptors. Southern analysis of PCR-amplified cDNA revealed that NeuroD mRNA is also expressed in fetal human retina. Fetal monkey retina was used to analyse the spatial distribution of NeuroD in the developing retina. Both NeuroD transcripts and immunoreactivity are largely detected in the outer neuroblastic layer. Therefore, NeuroD may be involved in the differentiation as well as maintenance of the differentiated properties of photoreceptors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-463
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 17 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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