Comprehensive analysis of sphingosine-1-phosphate receptor mutants during zebrafish embryogenesis

Yu Hisano, Asuka Inoue, Kiyohito Taimatsu, Satoshi Ota, Rie Ohga, Hirohito Kotani, Michiko Muraki, Junken Aoki, Atsuo Kawahara

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The lipid mediator sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) regulates various physiological and pathological phenomena such as angiogenesis and oncogenesis. Secreted S1P associates with the G-protein-coupled S1P receptors (S1PRs), leading to the activation of downstream signaling molecules. In mammals, five S1prs have been identified and the genetic disruption of a single S1pr1 gene causes vascular defects. In zebrafish, seven s1prs have been isolated. We found that individual s1prs showed unique expression patterns with some overlapping expression domains during early embryogenesis. We generated all s1pr single-mutant zebrafish by introducing premature stop codons in their coding regions using transcription activator-like effector nucleases and analyzed their phenotypes during early embryogenesis. Zygotic s1pr1, s1pr3a, s1pr3b, s1pr4, s1pr5a and s1pr5b mutants showed no developmental defects and grew into adults, whereas zygotic s1pr2 mutant showed embryonic lethality with a cardiac defect, showing quite distinct embryonic phenotypes for individual S1pr mutants between zebrafish and mouse. We further generated maternal-zygotic s1pr1, s1pr3a, s1pr3b, s1pr4, s1pr5a and s1pr5b mutants and found that these maternal-zygotic mutants also showed no obvious developmental defects, presumably suggesting the redundant functions of the S1P receptor-mediated signaling in zebrafish.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)647-658
Number of pages12
JournalGenes to Cells
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Aug 1


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