Neurotrophins are not required for normal embryonic development of olfactory neurons

Serge Nef, Mark E. Lush, Tracey E. Shipman, Luis F. Parada

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Neurons of the vertebrate olfactory epithelium (OE) regenerate continuously throughout life. The capacity of these neurons to regenerate and make new and precise synaptic connections in the olfactory bulb provides a useful model to study factors that may control or mediate neuronal regeneration. Expression and in vitro studies have suggested potential roles for the neurotrophins in the olfactory system. To directly examine whether neurotrophins are required for olfactory neuron development, we characterized in vivo the role of the neurotrophins in the primary olfactory system. For this, we generated mutant mice for TrkA, TrkB, TrkC, and also for BDNF and NT3 together with P2-IRES-tau-LacZ trangenic mice. Histochemical staining for β-galactosidase at birth allowed in vivo analysis of the P2 subpopulation of olfactory neurons as well as their projections to the olfactory bulb. Our data indicate that Trk signaling is not required for normal embryonic development of the olfactory system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-92
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopmental Biology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 2001


  • Neurotrophins
  • OR3
  • Olfactory epithelium
  • P2-IRES-tau-LacZ mice
  • Trk receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Cell Biology


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