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Expression of ZO-1 in the developing BRB and BBB of zebrafish. Tg(flk1:EGFP) embryos at 2 dpf to 3 dpf were stained with rabbit anti-ZO-1; confocal images were analyzed for ZO-1 expression (red) (A-G; Alexa Fluor 568) and blood vessels (green) (A'-E'; EGFP). A&A', lateral views; the other panels, dorsal views. (A&A') The ZO-1 signal is high in the gut (shaded arrow) and low in the intersegmental vessels (arrows). (B&B') At 2 dpf, ZO-1 is localized to the HV (arrows) and the HA (arrowheads). (C&C') At 3 dpf, the HV (arrows), inner plexiform layer (shaded arrowhead) as well as the outer limiting membrane (shaded arrow) show a strong signal of ZO-1. (D&D', E&E') At 2 dpf, most brain vessels express ZO-1, including the BCA (arrowheads). Similar to the claudin-5 antibody, the ZO-1 antibody binds to many non-endothelial structures in the brain (shaded arrows and shaded arrowhead) besides the brain vasculature (arrows). (F&G) At 2 dpf, the ZO-1 antibody can stain the polygonal RPE cells (arrows) clearly. The insert in G is an enlarged view of the dashed square. Scale bars: 50 um.

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Xie et al. BMC Developmental Biology 2010 10:76   doi:10.1186/1471-213X-10-76