The International Journal of Developmental Biology

Int. J. Dev. Biol. 52: 985 - 991 (2008)

Vol 52, Issue 7

Isolation and expression analysis of foxj1 and foxj1.2 in zebrafish embryos

Open Access | Published: 1 September 2008

Emil Aamar and Igor B. Dawid*

Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda MD, USA


In this report, we present the isolation and identification of a zebrafish homolog of the winged helix\forkhead transcription factor Foxj1. Foxj1 was identified in other species but not in zebrafish. Foxj1 was shown in mice to be required in ciliogenesis and left-right asymmetry establishment. Here we present a spatio-temporal expression pattern of zebrafish foxj1, showing that this gene is expressed in dorsal forerunner cells, Kupffer’s vesicle, the floor plate, pronephric ducts and kidney. This expression pattern is overlapping but different from that of the foxj1.2, the closest related gene in zebrafish. Foxj1 in zebrafish appears to have similar functions as those reported in other species connected to ciliogenesis and left-right asymmetry.


Foxj1, Foxj1.2, dorsal forerunner cell, Kupffer’s vesicle, floor plate, pronephric duct

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