Faculty Sponsor

Michael A. Berberoglu


Arts and Sciences



Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Symposium Date

Spring 5-1-2020


Rbfox proteins are RNA-binding proteins that play a significant role in the alternative splicing of neuronal transcripts in the central nervous system (CNS). Rbfox proteins are required for proper brain development and function. In humans, RBFOX1 has been implicated in a variety of neurological disorders, including autism, anxiety, epilepsy, and schizophrenia. Rbfox2 is involved in cerebellar development in mammals. The zebrafish is used as a model system for studies in neurobiology given their neuroanatomical conservation with mammals, and remarkable capability to regenerate parts of their CNS. Rbfox1l (Rbfox1-like) and Rbfox2 have been identified in neurons of the adult zebrafish brain. Rbfox1l was found in a restricted population of dorsal telencephalic neurons, and Rbfox2 was found broadly throughout the brain. Both genes have been found in Purkinje cells of the cerebellum. Utilizing antibody staining on zebrafish brain tissue sections, we will analyze expression of Rbfox1l and Rbfox2 at larval stages and stages leading up to adulthood. Furthermore, we will use rbfox1l and rbfox2 mutant zebrafish (in collaboration with Ohio State University) to better understand the role of rbfox1l in behavior and determine whether rbfox2 is necessary for the regeneration of the cerebellum. Understanding the role of the Rbfox proteins in neural development, regeneration, and behavior may lead to a substantial advancement in the research field and health care.