The hedgehog family of genes encodes a group of morphogenic preoteins that have a critical role in the development and patterning of midline brain structures and other systems. In zebrafish  two of the three vertebrate hh genes are duplicated shha and shhb. This trangenic from the Nüsslein-Volhard lab has been used to study the role that Shh plays in patterning both the retina and the diencephalon.

All images of shh:GFP were produced by Monica Folgueira.

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Lab or Origin: Nüsslein-Volhard, Christiane

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basal plate midbrain, zona limitans intrathalamica, prethalamus, retina.


Key Publications

 Neumann, C.J. and Nüsslein-Volhard, C. (2000) Patterning of the zebrafish retina by a wave of sonic hedgehog activity. Science (New York, N.Y.). 289(5487):2137-2139.

Scholpp, S., Foucher, I., Staudt, N., Peukert, D., Lumsden, A., and Houart, C. (2007) Otx1l, Otx2 and Irx1b establish and position the ZLI in the diencephalon. Development (Cambridge, England). 134(17):3167-3176