The zebrafish olfactory epithelium comprises a variety of neuronal populations, which are thought to have distinct embryonic origins. For instance, while ciliated sensory neurons arise from preplacodal ectoderm (PPE), previous lineage tracing studies suggest that both Gonadotropin releasing hormone 3 (Gnrh3) and microvillous sensory neurons derive from cranial neural crest (CNC). We find that the expression of Islet1/2 is restricted to Gnrh3 neurons associated with the olfactory epithelium. Unexpectedly, however, we find no change in Islet1/2+ cell numbers in sox10 mutant embryos, calling into question their CNC origin. Lineage reconstruction based on backtracking in time-lapse confocal datasets, and confirmed by photoconversion experiments, reveals that Gnrh3 neurons derive from the anterior PPE. Similarly, all of the microvillous sensory neurons we have traced arise from preplacodal progenitors. Our results suggest that rather than originating from separate ectodermal populations, cell-type heterogeneity is generated from overlapping pools of progenitors within the preplacodal ectoderm.https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.32041.001
A fundamental question in developmental neurobiology is how different neuronal subtypes arise from fields of pluripotent progenitors. At the end of gastrulation, the anterior neural plate border of the zebrafish embryo gives rise to two specialized regions of ectoderm: the preplacodal ectoderm (PPE) that will ultimately produce the cranial placodes, and the cranial neural crest (CNC). Specification of the PPE is achieved through the action of so-called preplacodal competence factors such as tfap2a, tfap2c, foxi1 and gata3 (Kwon et al., 2010). During a similar time-window, key neural crest specifier genes, such as foxd3 (Lister et al., 2006; Montero-Balaguer et al., 2006; Stewart et al., 2006), tfap2a (Barrallo-Gimeno et al., 2004) and sox10 (Dutton et al., 2001b) establish the CNC fate. Cranial placodes subsequently arise via the condensation of specific regions within the PPE along the anteroposterior axis, with the adenohypophyseal and olfactory placodes forming anteriorly, the lens and trigeminal placodes forming at an intermediate position and the otic, lateral line and epibranchial placodes forming posteriorly (for review see [Aguillon et al., 2016]). Concomitantly, CNC cells delaminate and migrate throughout the head, where they have been reported to contribute to a large number of cell types, including sensory and neurosecretory cells associated with the olfactory system (Whitlock et al., 2003; Saxena et al., 2013). This dual embryonic (PPE/CNC) origin for olfactory neurons in zebrafish may have critical developmental and functional consequences.
In zebrafish embryos, olfactory neurons are generated in two waves, early olfactory neurons (EON) and olfactory sensory neurons (OSN), under the redundant control of the bHLH proneural transcriptions factors Neurog1 and Neurod4 (Madelaine et al., 2011). EONs act as pioneers for the establishment of projections from the olfactory epithelium to the olfactory bulb. Once OSN projections are established, a subset of EONs dies by apoptosis (Whitlock and Westerfield, 1998). This suggests the existence of distinct subtypes of neurons within the EON population, but specific markers for these different subtypes have yet to be described. Neural subtype heterogeneity is also detected early within the OSN population; in zebrafish the predominant subtypes are ciliated sensory neurons that have long dendrites and express olfactory marker protein (OMP) and microvillous sensory neurons, which have short dendrites and express the Transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily C, member 2b (Trpc2b)(Hansen and Zeiske, 1998; Sato et al., 2005). A third neural subtype associated with the early olfactory epithelium in zebrafish expresses gonadotropin releasing hormone 3 (gnrh3). Rather than projecting exclusively to the olfactory bulb, Gnrh3 neurons send their axons caudally to various brain regions, including the hypothalamus (Abraham et al., 2008). Like GnRH1 neurons in amniotes, zebrafish Gnrh3 neurons leave the proximity of the olfactory epithelium and can be found along a migratory tract from the terminal nerve to the ventral telencephalon at late larval stages. While laser-ablating Gnrh3+ cells leads to sterility, animals homozygous for TALEN-induced mutations of gnrh3 are fertile, pointing to the need for identifying other genes expressed in these cells that might underlie the differences between these phenotypes (Abraham et al., 2010; Spicer et al., 2016).
Although the major neural cell types associated with the olfactory epithelium appear to be conserved across vertebrates, there is no coherent vision as to their lineage origin between species. For instance, while Gnrh cells associated with the developing olfactory epithelium are reported to be of preplacodal origin in chick, in the zebrafish they have been shown to derive from the neural crest (Whitlock et al., 2003; Sabado et al., 2012); in mouse, Cre/lox experiments suggest that Gnrh cells are of mixed lineage origin, coming from both the ectoderm and CNC (Forni et al., 2011). To identify additional markers of cell-type heterogeneity in the developing zebrafish olfactory epithelium we screened expression of molecules known to label discrete sets of neurons in other regions of the nervous system. We found that an antibody that recognizes the Islet family (Islet1/2) of LIM-homeoproteins labels Gnrh3 neurons in the olfactory epithelium (Ericson et al., 1992). We find no change in the numbers of Islet1/2+ cells in the olfactory epithelium in sox10 mutant embryos, which are deficient in many CNC lineages. This is in contrast with previous studies and calls into question the proposed CNC origin of Gnrh+ cells. Consistent with these findings, lineage reconstructions of time-lapse confocal movies show that most if not all Gnrh3+ neurons, as well as microvillous sensory neurons, derive from the PPE. Thus, cell-type heterogeneity within the olfactory epithelium is likely established entirely from progenitors within the PPE.
Heterogeneity in neuronal subtypes is apparent in the zebrafish olfactory epithelium from early developmental stages (Whitlock and Westerfield, 1998, 2000; Whitlock et al., 2003; Sato et al., 2005; Madelaine et al., 2011; Saxena et al., 2013). While searching for novel markers of this heterogeneity, we found that at 48 hr post-fertilization (hpf) immunoreactivity to the Islet1/2 monoclonal antibody 39.4D5 is restricted to a small group of cells in the olfactory epithelium at the interface with the telencephalon (Figure 1A). The number and position of these Islet1/2+ cells resembles expression of gonadotropin releasing hormone 3 (gnrh3) (Gopinath et al., 2004). To determine if they are the same cells, we examined expression of Islet1/2 in a transgenic line expressing enhanced GFP (eGFP) under the control of the gnrh3 promoter, which recapitulates the endogenous expression of gnrh3 associated with the olfactory epithelium (Abraham et al., 2008). Our results reveal a complete overlap between eGFP expression from the Tg(gnrh3:eGFP) transgene and Islet1/2 (Figure 1A).
It has been reported that zebrafish Gnrh3+ neurons associated with the olfactory epithelium derive from cranial neural crest (CNC), and that impairing CNC specification through morpholino knock-down of the HMG transcription factor sox10 dramatically reduces their number (Whitlock et al., 2003, 2005). Unexpectedly, we found no difference in Islet1/2+ cell numbers in embryos homozygous for a strong sox10 mutant allele (sox10t3/t3) relative to wildtype siblings (6.9 ± 0.4 versus 6.8 ± 0.3 cells per epithelium, n = 16 epithelia from 9 wildtype and 16 epithelia from 8 mutant embryos; Figure 1A and B; [Dutton et al., 2001b]). Similarly, eGFP expression in embryos carrying the Tg(gnrh3:eGFP) transgene was unaffected in a sox10t3/t3 mutant background (7.1 ± 0.4 versus 7.2 ± 0.3 cells per epithelium, n = 16 epithelia from 9 wildtype and 16 epithelia from 8 mutant embryos; Figure 1A,C); endogenous gnrh3 expression was also unaffected in sox10 mutant embryos, ruling out a transgene-specific effect (Figure 1—figure supplement 1). Our results indicate that Islet1/2 is a novel marker of Gnrh3 neurons associated with the zebrafish olfactory epithelium, and that these cells do not require Sox10 for specification.
A previous study assessed the origin of zebrafish Gnrh3 neurons by DiI labelling of premigratory CNC followed by immunostaining for GnRH (Whitlock et al., 2003). To revisit the proposed CNC origin of these neurons, we chose a Cre/lox-based approach coupled with analysis of Islet1/2 expression. Double-heterozygous embryos carrying both a Tg(−28.5Sox10:Cre) and Tg(ef1a:loxP-DsRed-loxP-eGFP) transgene display a permanent shift from DsRed to eGFP expression in CNC lineages (Kague et al., 2012). Despite widespread expression of eGFP throughout the heads of 48 hpf double-heterozygous Tg(−28.5Sox10:Cre);Tg(ef1a:loxP-DsRed-loxP-egfp) embryos, including in cells surrounding the olfactory epithelium, we did not detect eGFP;Islet1/2 double-positive cells in the epithelia themselves (n = 20 epithelia from 10 embryos; Figure 2 and Figure 2—figure supplement 1). While these are negative results, when combined with the lack of defects in Islet1/2+ cell numbers in sox10 mutant embryos they lend further support against a CNC origin for Gnrh3 neurons in the developing zebrafish olfactory system.
Gnrh3+ neurons associate closely with the olfactory epithelium from early stages (Gopinath et al., 2004). However, a lack of Cre lines specific for progenitors of the olfactory epithelium precluded using a Cre/lox approach to address if Gnrh3 neurons derive from these cells. As an alternative, we developed an unbiased backtracking approach using time-lapse confocal movies. Briefly, synthetic mRNAs encoding Histone2B-RFP (H2B-RFP) were injected into Tg(gnrh3:eGFP) transgenic embryos, which were subsequently imaged from 12 to 36 hpf (Figure 3A); delamination and migration of CNC begins approximately 2 hr after the initiation of the time-lapse acquisition, and eGFP from the transgene is robustly expressed at 36 hpf (Schilling and Kimmel, 1994; Abraham et al., 2008). The lineage of various populations of cells was then manually retraced by backtracking H2B-RFP+ nuclei to their position at the beginning of the time-lapse series using Imaris software (Figure 3A–E and Video 1). To test our approach relative to well-established fate maps already generated for zebrafish cranial placode derivatives, we first backtracked H2B-RFP+ nuclei of gnrh3:eGFP-negative cells in the olfactory epithelia as well as lens cells, which can be identified at the end of the time-lapse series by their distinct morphology (Figure 3C,D). Consistent with previous lineage studies (Whitlock and Westerfield, 2000), we found that gnrh3:eGFP-negative cells of the olfactory epithelia derived from progenitors in the preplacodal ectoderm (PPE) at the anterior/lateral neural plate border (n = 32 cells from 9 epithelia of 5 embryos; Figure 3C,F, Video 2 and Figure 3—figure supplement 1). Also as expected from earlier studies (Dutta et al., 2005), the H2B-RFP+ nuclei of lens cells traced back to a PPE domain caudal and slightly lateral to that of progenitors of the olfactory epithelia (n = 10 cells from 2 lenses of 1 embryo; Figure 3D,F and Video 2). In contrast to previous reports, the nuclei of gnrh3:eGFP-positive cells traced back to the most anterior region of the PPE (n = 30 cells from 9 epithelia of 5 embryos; Figure 3B,E,F, Video 2 and Figure 3—figure supplement 1), rather than from a region caudal to the lens progenitors as would be expected for CNC cells.
To confirm the anterior PPE origin of Gnrh3 neurons, we used photoconversion. We loaded Tg(gnrh3:eGFP) embryos with NLS-mEos2 by mRNA injection and at 12 hpf photoconverted either the left or right half of the domain predicted by backtracking to contain precursors of Gnrh3 neurons at this stage. Photoconverted embryos were then allowed to develop until 36 hpf, at which stage we determined if any gnrh3:eGFP+ cells had photoconverted nuclei (NLS-mEos2PC; Figure 4A–D). Photoconversion caused no changes in the number of gnrh3:eGFP+ cells (5.4 ± 0.5 versus 5.2 ± 0.6 cells per epithelium, n = 9 control and 9 converted epithelia from 9 embryos; Figure 4E). However, while on average less than one NLS-mEos2PC;gnrh3:eGFP+ double labeled cell per epithelium was detected on the control side of the embryo (0.3 ± 0.2 cells per epithelium, n = 9 epithelia from 9 embryos), the entire gnrh3:eGFP+ population was double-labeled on the photoconverted side (4.6 ± 0.3 cells per epithelium, n = 9 epithelia from 9 embryos; Figure 4E). There was no statistical difference between the number of gnrh3:eGFP+ and eGFP/mEos2PC-double-positive cells on the photoconverted side suggesting that all Gnrh3 neurons associated with the olfactory epithelium are derived from the anterior PPE.
Zebrafish microvillous sensory neurons, like their counterparts in the rodent vomeronasal organ, express Transient receptor potential cation channel, subfamily C, member 2 (Trpc2) and VR-type olfactory receptors (Sato et al., 2005). The expression of a Tg(−4.5trpc2b:GAP-Venus) transgene is reduced in sox10 morphant embryos suggesting a CNC origin for microvillous sensory neurons in zebrafish (Saxena et al., 2013), as initially thought for Gnrh3+ neurons. Given our results with Gnrh3 neurons in sox10 mutant embryos (Figure 1A,B; [Whitlock et al., 2005]), we also revisited the microvillous lineage. Indeed, we found that the expression of endogenous trpc2b was unaffected in sox10 mutant embryos (Figure 5—figure supplement 1). We then backtracked eGFP+ neurons in the Tg(−4.9sox10:eGFP) transgenic background (Video 3; [Wada et al., 2005]); expression from this transgene has been shown to overlap almost completely with that of Tg(−4.5trpc2b:GAP-Venus) (Saxena et al., 2013). As before, nuclei of randomly chosen eGFP-negative cells in the olfactory epithelium trace back to a position in the PPE at the anterior/lateral neural plate border (n = 44 cells from 7 epithelia of 4 embryos; Figure 5A,D, Video 4 and Figure 5—figure supplement 2); backtracked lens cells also behaved as before (n = 10 cells from 2 lenses of 1 embryo; Figure 5B,D and Video 4). Unexpectedly, backtracking revealed a similar PPE origin for sox10:eGFP+ cells as their eGFP-negative neighbours (n = 41 cells from 7 epithelia of 4 embryos; Figure 5C,D, Video 4 and Figure 5—figure supplement 2).
Similar to the Gnrh3+ cells, we used photoconversion of NLS-mEos2 to confirm our backtracking results for the microvillous population. This time, however, photoconversion was focused on the left or right two-thirds of the anterior PPE of Tg(−4.9sox10:eGFP) embryos (Figure 6A,B). As before, the number of eGFP+ cells was unaffected by the photoconversion (8 ± 0.6 versus 9.8 ± 0.7 cells per epithelium, n = 9 converted and 6 non-converted epithelia from 9 embryos; Figure 6C–E), and less than one NLS-mEos2PC;sox10:eGFP+ cell per epithelium was detected on the control side of the embryo (0.3 ± 0.3 cells per epithelium, n = 6 epithelia from 6 embryos; Figure 6E). On the photoconverted side, however, an average of just under 60% of the total sox10:eGFP+ population was also NLS-mEos2PC-positive (4.6 ± 0.6 cells per epithelium, n = 9 epithelia from 9 embryos; Figure 6D,E). This is consistent with the fact that we photoconverted approximately two-thirds of the cells in the PPE that gives rise to the olfactory epithelium.
Taken together, our results obtained using a combination of backtracking and photoconversion indicate that Gnrh3 and microvillous sensory neurons associated with the zebrafish olfactory epithelium derive from the anterior PPE.
As part of our ongoing studies into the mechanisms underlying neurogenesis in the early zebrafish olfactory epithelium (Madelaine et al., 2011), here we have investigated how different subtypes of olfactory neurons arise. Using a novel marker for Gnrh3 neurons we have revisited this lineage and its origins within the epithelium. By combining Cre/lox, backtracking in 4D confocal datasets and photoconversion, we show that Gnrh3+ neurons derive from progenitors in the PPE; similar live imaging techniques also indicate a PPE origin for microvillous sensory neurons. These results support a common PPE origin for all of the neuronal populations within the olfactory epithelium and argue against any CNC contribution. More generally, they suggest a mechanism by which cellular heterogeneity arises progressively within a field of neuronal progenitors.
In zebrafish at least two Islet genes, islet1 and islet2b, are expressed in the olfactory Gnrh3+ cells (R. Aguillon and P. Blader, unpublished data). Whether or not Islet transcription factors regulate the development of Gnrh3 neurons, similar to Islet1 in pancreatic β-cells, remains unknown (Ahlgren et al., 1997). If this is the case, the specification of endocrine lineages, like Gnrh3-expressing olfactory cells and Insulin-expressing β-cells, may be an ancestral role of Islet proteins, which were later co-opted into other lineages such as motor neurons in the spinal cord (Karlsson et al., 1990; Ericson et al., 1992; Appel et al., 1995). Our analysis also reassigns the Gnrh3 lineage to progenitors found in a domain of the PPE that, in addition to producing olfactory lineages, is known to give rise to neurons of the adenohypophysis (Dutta et al., 2005) and proposed to generate hypothalamic Gnrh2 neurons (Whitlock et al., 2003). Whether or not this region of the zebrafish PPE provides an environment that promotes the production of neuroendocrine lineages remains an open question.
Lineage reconstruction experiments in the tunicate, Ciona intestinalis, recently demonstrated the existence of a proto-placodal ectoderm, equivalent to the vertebrate PPE, which gives rise to both sensory neurons and Gnrh cells (Abitua et al., 2015). We propose that the development of a Gnrh population from the anterior PPE has been conserved during chordate evolution. Whether or not this conservation holds for other vertebrates, however, remains unclear. DiI labeling experiments in the chick suggest that GnRH cells derive from precursors of the olfactory epithelium separate from the adenohypophysis (Sabado et al., 2012), while our study and others show that in zebrafish these two populations overlap significantly in the PPE (reviewed in [Toro and Varga, 2007]). In mice Cre/lox lineage analysis suggests that GnRH cells associated with the olfactory epithelium are of mixed origin, being derived 70% from the ectoderm and 30% from CNC (Forni et al., 2011). This does not appear to be the case in chick, however, as grafted neural folds expressing GFP do not contribute to the olfactory epithelium (Sabado et al., 2012). Furthermore, similar to our results in zebrafish no change in GnRH cells numbers is detected in Sox10-null mutant mice (Pingault et al., 2013). As the original lineage assignment in mouse was established using one ectodermal (Crect; [Reid et al., 2011]) and one neural crest (Wnt1Cre; [Danielian et al., 1998]) Cre line, our results suggest that revisiting the lineage assignment in the mouse with other genetic tools or other approaches is needed.
The origin of zebrafish microvillous sensory neurons is controversial (Saxena et al., 2013; Torres-Paz and Whitlock, 2014). Our results indicate that this lineage is derived from progenitors in the PPE. Furthermore, they imply that the expression of eGFP in the olfactory epithelium of Tg(sox10:eGFP) embryos does not reflect a CNC origin for these cells but rather an ectopic site of transgene expression. Why ectopic expression of the transgene in the olfactory epithelium appears restricted to microvillous sensory neurons is unclear but highlights the need to be cautious when using transgenic tools in lineage analyses. In this regard, the backtracking approach we have developed provides a powerful alternative for ascertaining lineage assignments during zebrafish embryogenesis. While in this study we used transgenic lines to identify cell types for backtracking, with the caveats that this obliges, we have also backtracked cells identified using antibody markers. For this, cells for backtracking can be chosen by comparing the 3D architecture of a tissue described by nuclear position at the end of a time-lapse series to that of the same embryo after fixation and antibody labeling.
Our analysis also highlights unexpected difficulties with using morpholinos. It has been shown that morpholinos can produce phenotypes that are not seen in genetic mutants, either due to non-specific p53-dependent effects or mechanisms that compensate for mutations (Gerety and Wilkinson, 2011; Kok et al., 2015; Rossi et al., 2015). Previous studies have shown a very good correlation between sox10 mutant and morphant phenotypes in a variety of tissues, including neural crest derivatives like melanophores and dorsal root ganglia neurons and glia, as well as the ear (Dutton et al., 2001a, 2001b; Carney et al., 2006); embryos homozygous for the sox10t3 allele used in this study displayed the previously reported strong pigment and ear phenotypes. Taken together, this supports the idea that non-specific effects in sox10 morphants are limited to the olfactory system. Intriguingly, foxd3 morphants also display a reduction in the number of Gnrh3 neurons associated with the olfactory epithelium (Whitlock et al., 2005). We have shown that the Gnrh3 lineage is PPE-derived and, therefore, the effect of these morpholinos cannot be explained by genetic compensation in a subset of the neural crest. The decrease in Gnrh3 cell numbers in sox10 and foxd3 morphants might reflect a tissue-specific p53-dependent effect. Alternatively, the morphant phenotype might indicate that morpholino-induced developmental delays are more pronounced in the olfactory system than elsewhere. Whatever the cause, our finding suggests that extra care should be taken when using morpholinos to study olfactory development.
In conclusion, our results argue that cell-type heterogeneity in the zebrafish olfactory epithelium is generated from progenitors within the PPE, and begin to provide coherence for the lineage assignment of olfactory neural subtypes between vertebrate species. Identifying the mechanisms underlying the segregation of the various olfactory lineages from overlapping progenitor pools is an important avenue for future research.
Fish were maintained at the CBD (Toulouse) and UCI (Irvine) zebrafish facilities in accordance with the rules and protocols in place in the respective locations. The sox10t3, Tg(−2.4gnrh3:egfp)zf103 and Tg(−4.9sox10:eGFP)ba2Tg lines have previously been described (Dutton et al., 2001b; Wada et al., 2005; Abraham et al., 2008), as were the Tg(−28.5Sox10:Cre)zf384 and Tg(ef1a:loxP-DsRed-loxP-eGFP)zf284 lines used for Cre/loxP-based lineage analyses (Kague et al., 2012). Embryos were obtained through natural crosses and staged according to (Kimmel et al., 1995).
In situ hybridisation was performed as previously described (Oxtoby and Jowett, 1993). Antisense DIG-labelled probes for gnrh3 (Abraham et al., 2008) and trpc2b (Von Niederhäusern et al., 2013) were generated using standard procedures. In situ hybridisations were visualised using BCIP and NBT (Roche, France) as substrates.
Embryos were immunostained as previously described (Madelaine et al., 2011); primary antibodies used were chicken anti-GFP (1:1000; ab13970, Abcam, MA, USA), rabbit anti-GFP (1:1000; TP-401, Torrey Pines Biolabs, CA, USA) and mouse anti-Islet1/2 (1:200; 39.4D5, Developmental Studies Hybridoma Bank, IA, USA). Primary antibodies were detected using the following fluorescently conjugated secondary antibodies (1:1000): Alexa Fluor 680 conjugated donkey anti-mouse IgG (A10038, Molecular Probes, OR, USA), Alexa Fluor 568 conjugated goat anti-mouse IgG (A-11004, Molecular Probes, OR, USA), Alexa Fluor 488 conjugated goat anti-rabbit IgG (A-11034, Molecular Probes, OR, USA) and Alexa Fluor 488 conjugated donkey anti-chicken IgY (703-486-155, Jackson ImmunoResearch, PA, USA). Immunolabellings were counterstained with DAPI (1:1000; D1306, Life Technologies,CA, USA). Fluorescently labelled embryos were imaged using an inverted Nikon Eclipse Ti Confocal and brightfield images were taken on a Nikon Eclipse 80i microscope. Images were analysed using ImageJ and Imaris 8.3 (Bitplane, Switzerland) software.
Embryos from the Tg(gnrh3:egfp)zf103 or Tg(−4.9sox10:eGFP)ba2Tg transgenic lines were injected with synthetic mRNA encoding an H2B-RFP fusion protein. Resulting embryos were grown to 12 hpf, a stage preceding the delamination and anterior migration of cranial neural crest cells (Schilling and Kimmel, 1994). They were then dechorionated and embedded for imaging in 0.7% low-melting point agarose in embryos medium in 55 mm round petri dish (Gosselin, France; BP-50). A time-lapse series of confocal stacks (1 μm slice/180 μm deep) was generated of the anterior neural plate and flanking non-neural ectoderm on an upright Leica SP8 Confocal microscope using a 25x HC FLUOTAR water-immersion objective (L25 × 0.95 W VISIR). Stacks were acquired each 8 min until 36 hpf, a stage when eGFP from either transgene is strongly expressed in the olfactory epithelium. The lineage of the various neuronal populations was subsequently reconstructed manually by backtracking H2B-RFP+ nuclei using Imaris 8.3 analysis software (Bitplane, Switzerland).
Embryos from the Tg(gnrh3:egfp)zf103 and Tg(−4.9sox10:eGFP)ba2Tg transgenic lines were injected with synthetic mRNA encoding an NLS-mEos2 (mEOS2 fused to a nuclear localization sequence) fusion protein (Sapède et al., 2012). Embryos were then grown to 12 hpf, dechorionated and embedded for photoconversion/imaging in 0.7% low-melting point agarose in embryos medium in 35 mm circular petri dish (Nunc; 153066) bearing a silicone sealed 22 mm circular cover slip (Thermo Scientific, France; 174977). Mounted embryos were first imaged for NLS-mEos2 expression prior photoconversion at very low laser levels (confocal stack 2 μm slice/80 μm deep). Subsequently, a region of interest (ROI) was photoconverted using a 405 nm diode (100% laser, 41 s), after which embryos were imaged again to assess the extent of NLS-mEos2 conversion. Photoconversion and imaging was done on an inverted SP8 Leica confocal with an HC PL APO CS2 40x/1.3 oil objective. Full z-stacks were acquired for each photoconverted embryo 24 hr after the photoconversion (confocal stack 1 μm slice/80 μm deep) to determine the contribution of progenitors located in the ROI at the time of photoconversion to the Gnrh3 or microvillous lineages.
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The developmental origin of GnRH neurons within the olfactory placode has been debated in the literature as it is often not clear whether the lines used for genetic lineage tracing of the neural crest are entirely specific. The manuscript entitled "Cell-type heterogeneity in the zebrafish olfactory placode is generated from progenitors within preplacodal ectoderm" by Aguillon and colleagues addresses the origin of different neuronal cell types with the olfactory placode and finds, in contrast to the literature, no evidence for contribution of the cranial neural crest to either GnRH or microvillous sensory neurons. Using classical approaches in a modern interpretation (live imaging and cell tracking), the authors establish a precise 4D fate map for the olfactory placode. This, in combination with cell type-specific markers, allows them to trace cells back to the preplacodal ectoderm. To address the contribution of the cranial neural crest they study strong Sox10 mutant alleles that fail to properly specify migrating cranial crest. The authors propose a model in which the cell type heterogeneity correlates with the initial position within the preplacodal ectoderm.
The study combines four different approaches – analysis of sox10 mutants; Cre/lox lineage-tracing of Sox10-expressing cells [using Tg(-28.5Sox10:Cre);Tg(ef1a:loxP-DsRed-loxP-eGFP) embryos]; manual lineage reconstruction from time-lapse confocal movies of Tg(gnrh3:eGFP) embryos, plus unilateral photoconversion of the Gnrh3 precursor domain (identified from the backtracking experiments) in Tg(gnrh3:eGFP) embryos – to show convincingly that GnRH neurons in zebrafish arise from preplacodal ectoderm, not the neural crest as previously proposed (from DiI-labeling the CNC and sox10 morphant experiments).
The authors similarly use sox10 mutant analysis, backtracking and photoconversion in Tg(-4.9sox10:eGFP) embryos – in which GFP expression was previously reported to overlap almost completely with the microvillous sensory neuron reporter Tg(-4.5trpc2b:GAP-Venus) – to show that microvillous sensory neurons arise from preplacodal ectoderm, not the neural crest.
The manuscript is well crafted and presents data of excellent quality. The analyses are carefully controlled and supported by extensive supplementary material.
The videos provided illustrate the process of the fate mapping approach and are clear and instructive as well. The data are convincing and well presented, with multiple lines of evidence supporting the conclusions drawn, which resolve a longstanding controversy. The findings are consistent with more recent studies in the chick and mouse and suggest an evolutionarily conserved lineage trajectory for these preplacodal progenitors across vertebrates. Appropriate consideration for previous studies is given and this study additionally acts as a caution for the interpretation of morphant phenotypes and the use of transgenics in lineage tracing studies. Overall, the authors present a clear and convincing case.
1) Given that the data contradict a model in the literature based on morpholino data, this should be discussed a bit more extensively. Does the mutant still exhibit its original phenotype?
2) The second point is that even though the authors perform a 4D analysis, this is unfortunately not presented in the study where they provide starting and end point analyses. The audience would profit from a presentation of migratory tracks of the cell types followed.
3) The GFP signal in Figure 2, Figure 3 and Figure 3—figure supplement 1 (in the latter two Figures, at 36h) is somewhat obscured even by the DAPI: please show the GFP channel alone, as well, to allow direct comparison with the dual/triple-channel images.
4) For Figure 2, given the importance of this result, it would be helpful to show higher-power views of the Islet-positive cells (as in e.g. Figure 4C, D), and additional image(s) of the same embryo showing the "widespread expression of eGFP throughout the head" reported in the text, i.e., GFP expression in expected (and labeled) neural crest derivatives.https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.32041.023
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- Patrick Blader
- Arul Subramanian
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- Patrick Blader
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
This work was supported by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS); the Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM); Université de Toulouse III (UPS); University of California, Irvine; National Institute of Health (NIH R01 DE13828 and AR67797 to TS); Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (DEQ20131029166 to PB); Fédération pour la Recherche sur le Cerveau; and the French Ministère de la Recherche. We would like to thank Brice Ronsin and the Toulouse RIO Imaging platform (LITC), and Aurore Laire, Richard Brimicombe-Lefevre and Ines Gehring for fish husbandry. We thank the Alsina, Fisher, Granato, Kelsh, Neuhauss, and Zohar labs for providing fish lines and other reagents. We also thank Christian Mosimann, Tatjana Sauka-Spengler and Trevor Williams for comments and suggestions.
Animal experimentation: Animal experimentation: The study was performed in strict accordance with French and European guidelines (Toulouse), and to the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals of the National Institutes of Health (Irvine). Toulouse, France: French veterinary service and national ethical committee approved the protocols in this study, with approval ID: A-31-555-01 and APAPHIS #3653-2016011512005922v6. Irvine, USA: All of the animals were handled according to approved institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) protocols (#2000-2149) of the University of California, Irvine. The renewal of this protocol was approved by the IACUC (Animal Welfare Assurance #A3416.01) on December 11, 2015. All animal experiments were performed on embryos derived from natural spawnings and every effort was made to minimize suffering.
- Tanya T Whitfield, Reviewing Editor, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom
- Received: September 15, 2017
- Accepted: December 15, 2017
- Version of Record published: January 2, 2018 (version 1)
© 2018, Aguillon et al.
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