||Single cell RNA-seq data of tg(sox10:GFP) cells from 20-24 hours post fertilization zebrafish. Sequenced with 10x genomics.
||reveals multipotency; zebrafish; trunk; specification; fate; restrictions; evolution; pattern; prdm1a
||Lencer E, Prekeris R, Artinger KB. Single-cell RNA analysis identifies pre-migratory neural crest cells expressing markers of differentiated derivatives. Elife 2021 Aug 16;10. PMID: 34397384
||The neural crest is a migratory population of stem-like cells that contribute to multiple traits including the bones of the skull, peripheral nervous system, and pigment. How neural crest cells differentiate into diverse cell types is a fundamental question in the study of vertebrate biology. Here, we use single-cell RNA sequencing to characterize transcriptional changes associated with neural crest cell development in the zebrafish trunk during the early stages of migration. We show that neural crest cells are transcriptionally diverse and identify pre-migratory populations already expressing genes associated with differentiated derivatives, specifically in the xanthophore lineage. Further, we identify a population of Rohonâ€“Beard neurons in the data. The data presented identify novel genetic markers for multiple trunk neural crest cell populations and Rohonâ€“Beard neurons providing insight into previously uncharacterized genes critical for vertebrate development.