Zebrafish homolog establishes and maintains cell adhesion and tissue integrity

NBP is required for neural tube development.

Panels compare NBP morphants (NBP MO) and double knockdownNBP;Numb mutants (NBP;Numb ) with wild-type embryos
(WT). (A) Many cells in the neural tube of the 24 hpf morphants, particularly of the embryos injected with 1 mM NBP MO, gave positive reaction in the TUNEL assay when compared
to embryos either injected with the mismatch NBP MOC (at 1 mM, not shown) or un-injected (flat preparations, anterior to the left). (B) Abnormal growth in the ventricle of the
hindbrain in NBP MO embryo s (flat preparations, anterior to the left). (C –F) Neural tube defects in the NBP morphants. In embryos depleted fromNBP ( E, right picture) the cells of
the neural tube frequently failed to form the usual epithelial structure compose d of elongated columnar cells (arrows point toβ -catenin membrane staining of baso- apically ori-ented polar ized wild-type cells and of randomly oriented rounded cells in the morphant), the tissue appeared to be uno rganized and did not form the typical midline enriched in β -catenin and actin ring characteristic for wild-type (D; E, arrowheads in the left and middle pictures). The nuclei (visualize d by acridine orange) we re not placed in their charac ter-istic positions (C, left picture) but were scattered in the whole volume and their divisions were not restricted to the apical side of the neural tube (a rrow in C, right picture, points to
an anaphase in a deep region of the neur al tube) . For the morphant, E and C represent the same section probed by anti- β -catenin antibody (E) and acridine orange (C), respectively.
(D) More than one neurocoel developed in the NBP morphants (middle panel), a phenotypic aberration enhanced in the NBP;Numb double morphants (arrowheads, neurocoel;
arrows; HuC positive cells). (F) In the NBP morphant, Numb1 did not display the typical accumulation at the basal pole of cells (arrowhead, midline; ar row, basal pole of the neural
cells). Scale bar: A, B = 100 μm, and C–F=5μm.

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