During development, a graded expression of ephrin A2 has been implicated in retinotectal map formation. Here we have examined ephrin A2 expression during optic nerve regeneration in the mature goldfish. In the tecta of normal animals, a gradient of ephrin A2 expression is detected in cell bodies within the stratum fibrosum et griseum superficiale with more immunopositive cells caudally than rostrally. The gradient in the mature animal presumably reflects the plasticity associated with continued retinal and tectal neurogenesis, During optic nerve regeneration, expression throughout the tectum is increased by 1 month as a strong rostrocaudal gradient. The gradient declines to normal by 3 months. The up-regulation of ephrin A2 during optic nerve regeneration is likely to be instrumental in reestablishing the retinotectal map. (C) 2000 Academic Press.
|Publication status||Published - 2000|