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Gene Expr Patterns 2006 Oct 01;67:667-72. doi: 10.1016/j.modgep.2006.01.005.
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The Na+/PO4 cotransporter SLC20A1 gene labels distinct restricted subdomains of the developing pronephros in Xenopus and zebrafish embryos.

Nichane M , Van Campenhout C , Pendeville H , Voz ML , Bellefroid EJ .

The embryonic pronephric kidneys of Xenopus and zebrafish serve as models to study vertebrate nephrogenesis. Recently, multiple subdomains within the Xenopus pronephros have been defined based on the expression of several transport proteins. In contrast, very few studies on the expression of renal transporters have been conducted in zebrafish. We have recently shown that the anterior and posterior segments of the zebrafish pronephric duct may correspond to the proximal tubule and distal tubule/duct compartments of the Xenopus and higher vertebrate pronephros, respectively. Here, we report the embryonic expression pattern of the Na(+)/PO(4) cotransporter SLC20A1 (PiT1/Glvr-1) gene encoding a type III sodium-dependent phosphate cotransporter in Xenopus and zebrafish. In Xenopus, SLC20A1 mRNA is expressed in the somitic mesoderm and lower level of expression is detected in the neural tube, eye, and neural crest cells. From stage 25, SLC20A1 is also detectable in the developing pronephros where expression is restricted to the late portion of the distal pronephric tubules. In zebrafish, SLC20A1 is transcribed from mid-somitogenesis in the anterior part of the pronephros where its expression corresponds to the rostral portion of the expression of other proximal tubule-specific markers. Outside the pronephros, lower level of SLC20A1 expression is also observed in the posterior cardinal and caudal veins. Based on the SLC20A1 expression domain and that of other transporters, four segments have been defined within the zebrafish pronephros. Together, our data reveal that the zebrafish and Xenopus pronephros have non-identical proximo-distal organizations.

PubMed ID: 16531124
Article link: Gene Expr Patterns

Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: clcnkb pdzk1 slc20a1 slc4a4

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