Nestin is an intermediate filament protein, which is expressed predominantly in the developing central nervous system and skeletal muscles. In situ hybridization revealed that mouse nestin mRNA is in the optic stalk at 9.0 days post coitus (dpc) and in the lens vesicle at 10.0 dpc. From 14.5 dpc onward, nestin transcripts appear in lens fibers and neuroretina. Immunohistochemistry showed that nestin protein appears in the optic stalk at 9.5 dpc and in the posterior lens epithelium at 10.5 dpc. By 12.5 dpc, it is found in the lens, neuroretina, and optic stalk as well as in developing extrinsic ocular muscle, and it localizes in lens epithelium, optic disc, and optic nerve from 14.5 dpc to postnatal day 1. In adult eye, nestin protein appears in the optic nerve. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.
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