Rbfox1 is a multifunctional RNA binding protein that regulates alternative splicing, transcription, mRNA stability and translation. Rbfox1 is an important regulator of gene networks involved in neurogenesis and neuronal function. Disruption of Rbfox function has been associated with several neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric disorders. We have shown earlier that Rbfox1 is expressed in retinal ganglion and amacrine cells (ACs) and that its downregulation in adult mouse retinas leads to deficiency of depth perception. In this study, we used several markers of ACs, including GABA, choline acetyltransferase (ChAT), neuropeptide Y (NPY), glycine transporter (GlyT1) and vesicular glutamate transporter 3 (VGlut3) to identify types of ACs that express Rbfox1. Expression of Rbfox1 was observed predominantly in GABAergic ACs located in the INL and GCL. All GABAergic/cholinergic starburst ACs and virtually all NPY-positive GABAergic ACs were also Rbfox1-positive. Among glycinergic ACs, a sparse population of Rbfox1/VGlut3-positive cells was identified, indicating that Rbfox1 is expressed in a very small population of glycinergic ACs. These data contributes to our understanding about molecular differences between various types of amacrine cells and the cell-specific gene networks regulated by Rbfox1.
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Research Article| June 22 2022
Rbfox1 expression in amacrine cells is restricted to GABAergic and VGlut3 glycinergic cells.
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Lei Gu, Joseph Caprioli, Natik Piri; Rbfox1 expression in amacrine cells is restricted to GABAergic and VGlut3 glycinergic cells.. Biosci Rep 2022; BSR20220497. doi: https://doi.org/10.1042/BSR20220497
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