Roles for ephrins in positionally selective synaptogenesis between motor neurons and muscle fibers.


Journal Article

Motor axons form topographic maps on muscles: rostral motor pools innervate rostral muscles, and rostral portions of motor pools innervate rostral fibers within their targets. Here, we implicate A subfamily ephrins in this topographic mapping. First, developing muscles express all five of the ephrin-A genes. Second, rostrally and caudally derived motor axons differ in sensitivity to outgrowth inhibition by ephrin-A5. Third, the topographic map of motor axons on the gluteus muscle is degraded in transgenic mice that overexpress ephrin-A5 in muscles. Fourth, topographic mapping is impaired in muscles of mutant mice lacking ephrin-A2 plus ephrin-A5. Thus, ephrins mediate or modulate positionally selective synapse formation. In addition, the rostrocaudal position of at least one motor pool is altered in ephrin-A5 mutant mice, indicating that ephrins affect nerve-muscle matching by intraspinal as well as intramuscular mechanisms.

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Cited Authors

  • Feng, G; Laskowski, MB; Feldheim, DA; Wang, H; Lewis, R; Frisen, J; Flanagan, JG; Sanes, JR

Published Date

  • February 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 295 - 306

PubMed ID

  • 10719886

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10719886

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1097-4199

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0896-6273

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/s0896-6273(00)80895-8


  • eng