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Characterizing semaphorin-mediated effects on sensory and motor axon pathfinding and connectivity during embryonic development.
Methods Mol. Biol. 1493, 443-466 (2017)
How are precise connectivity to peripheral targets and corresponding sensory-motor networks established during developmental innervation of the vertebrate extremities? The formation of functional sensory-motor circuits requires highly appropriate temporal and spatial regulation of axon growth which is achieved through the combination of different molecular mechanisms such as communication between heterotypic fiber systems, axon-environment, or axon-glia interactions that ensure proper fasciculation and accurate pathfinding to distal targets. Family members of the class 3 semaphorins and their cognate receptors, the neuropilins, were shown to govern various events during wiring of central and peripheral circuits, with mice lacking Sema3-Npn signaling showing deficits in timing of growth, selective fasciculation, guidance fidelity, and coupling of sensory axon growth to motor axons at developmental time points. Given the accuracy with which these processes have to interact in a stepwise manner, deficiency of the smallest cog in the wheel may impact severely on the faithful establishment and functionality of peripheral circuitries, ultimately leading to behavioral impairments or even cause the death of the animal. Reliable quantitative analyses of sensory-motor fasciculation, extension, and guidance of axons to their cognate target muscles and the skin during development, but also assessment of physiological and behavioral consequences at adult age, are therefore a necessity to extend our understanding of the molecular mechanisms of peripheral circuit formation. In this chapter we provide a detailed methodology to characterize class 3 semaphorin-mediated effects on peripheral sensory and motor axon pathfinding and connectivity during embryonic development.
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Publication type Article: Journal article
Document type Scientific Article
Keywords Axon Guidance ; Cre-mediated Ablation ; Fasciculation ; Guidance Fidelity ; Retrograde Tracing ; Sensory-motor Circuitry
ISSN (print) / ISBN 1064-3745
Journal Methods in Molecular Biology
Quellenangaben Volume: 1493, Pages: 443-466
Publishing Place Berlin [u.a.]
Reviewing status Peer reviewed
Institute(s) Institute of Developmental Genetics (IDG)