Postnatal mouse subventricular zone neuronal precursors can migrate and differentiate within multiple levels of the developing neuraxis

Daniel A. Lim, Gord J. Fishell, Arturo Alvarez-Buylla

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The mammalian subventricular zone (SVZ) of the lateral wall of the forebrain ventricle retains a population of proliferating neuronal precursors throughout life. Neuronal precursors born in the postnatal and adult SVZ migrate to the olfactory bulb where they differentiate into interneurons. Here we tested the potential of mouse postnatal SVZ precursors in the environment of the embryonic brain: (i) a ubiquitous genetic marker, (ii) a neuron-specific transgene, and (iii) a lipophilic-dye were used to follow the fate of postnatal day 5-10 SVZ cells grafted into embryonic mouse brain ventricles at day 15 of gestation. Graft-derived cells were found at multiple levels of the neuraxis, including septum, thalamus, hypothalamus, and in large numbers in the mid-brain inferior colliculus. We observed no integration into the cortex. Neuronal differentiation of graft derived cells was demonstrated by double-staining with neuron-specific β-tubulin antibodies, expression of the neuron-specific transgene, and the dendritic arbors revealed by the lipophilic dye. We conclude that postnatal SVZ cells can migrate through and differentiate into neurons within multiple embryonic brain regions other than the olfactory bulb.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14832-14836
Number of pages5
JournalProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Issue number26
StatePublished - Dec 23 1997


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