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Suppression of transcytosis regulates zebrafish blood-brain barrier development

By Natasha M. O’Brown, Sean G. Megason, Chenghua Gu

Posted 02 Apr 2019
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/596221 (published DOI: 10.7554/eLife.47326)

As an optically transparent model organism with an endothelial blood-brain barrier (BBB), zebrafish offer a powerful tool to study the vertebrate BBB. However, the precise developmental profile of functional zebrafish BBB acquisition and the subcellular and molecular mechanisms governing the zebrafish BBB remain poorly characterized. Here we find a spatiotemporal gradient of barrier acquisition. Moreover, we capture the dynamics of developmental BBB leakage using live imaging, revealing a combination of steady accumulation in the parenchyma and sporadic bursts of tracer leakage. Electron microscopy studies further reveal that this steady accumulation results from high levels of transcytosis that are eventually suppressed, sealing the BBB. Finally, we demonstrate a key mammalian BBB regulator Mfsd2a, which inhibits transcytosis, plays a conserved role in zebrafish. Mfsd2aa mutants display increased larval and adult BBB permeability due to increased transcytosis. Our findings indicate a conserved developmental program of barrier acquisition between zebrafish and mice.

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