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External granule layer EGL

Kai Zhou, Martina Boström, C Joakim Ek, Tao Li, Cuicui Xie, Yiran Xu, Yanyan Sun, Klas Blomgren, Changlian Zhu
Posterior fossa tumors are the most common childhood intracranial tumors, and radiotherapy is one of the most effective treatments. However, irradiation induces long-term adverse effects that can have significant negative impacts on the patient's quality of life. The purpose of this study was to characterize irradiation-induced cellular and molecular changes in the cerebellum. We found that irradiation-induced cell death occurred mainly in the external germinal layer (EGL) of the juvenile rat cerebellum. The number of proliferating cells in the EGL decreased, and 82...
April 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
V Pibiri, A Ravarino, C Gerosa, M C Pintus, V Fanos, G Faa
The aim of this study was to analyze, by immunohistochemistry, the occurrence of stem/progenitor cells localized in the different niches of the developing human cerebellum. To this end, cerebellar samples were obtained from 3 fetuses and 3 newborns ranging, respectively, from 11 to 24 and from 30 to 38 weeks of gestation. Specimens were 10% formalin-fixed, routinely processed and paraffin-embedded; 3 μm-tick sections were immunostained with anti-SOX2 and PAX6 antibodies. Our study evidenced SOX2 and PAX6 immunoreactivity in precursors cells in all six developing human cerebella...
September 19, 2016: European Journal of Histochemistry: EJH
Joaquín Martí, Vanesa Molina, M C Santa-Cruz, José P Hervás
Postnatal development of the cerebellar cortex was studied in rats administered with a single dose (2 mg/g) of the cytotoxic agent hydroxyurea (HU) on postnatal day (P) 9 and collected at appropriate times ranging from 6 h to 45 days. Quantification of several parameters such as the density of pyknotic, mitotic, BrdU-positive, and vimentin-stained cells revealed that HU compromises the survival of the external granular layer (EGL) cells. Moreover, vimentin immunocytochemistry revealed overexpression and thicker immunoreactive glial processes in HU-treated rats...
September 6, 2016: Neurotoxicity Research
Ross Mangum, Elizabeth Varga, Daniel R Boué, David Capper, Martin Benesch, Jeffrey Leonard, Diana S Osorio, Christopher R Pierson, Nicholas Zumberge, Felix Sahm, Daniel Schrimpf, Stefan M Pfister, Jonathan L Finlay
INTRODUCTION: Individuals with Down syndrome (DS) have an increased risk of acute leukemia compared to a markedly decreased incidence of solid tumors. Medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain tumor of childhood, is particularly rare in the DS population, with only one published case. As demonstrated in a mouse model, DS is associated with cerebellar hypoplasia and a decreased number of cerebellar granule neuron progenitor cells (CGNPs) in the external granule cell layer (EGL)...
December 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Juan Pablo Zanin, Elizabeth Abercrombie, Wilma J Friedman
Cerebellar granule cell progenitors (GCP) proliferate extensively in the external granule layer (EGL) of the developing cerebellum prior to differentiating and migrating. Mechanisms that regulate the appropriate timing of cell cycle withdrawal of these neuronal progenitors during brain development are not well defined. The p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75(NTR)) is highly expressed in the proliferating GCPs, but is downregulated once the cells leave the cell cycle. This receptor has primarily been characterized as a death receptor for its ability to induce neuronal apoptosis following injury...
2016: ELife
Shoshana R Leffler, Emilie Legué, Orlando Aristizábal, Alexandra L Joyner, Charles S Peskin, Daniel H Turnbull
Determining the cellular basis of brain growth is an important problem in developmental neurobiology. In the mammalian brain, the cerebellum is particularly amenable to studies of growth because it contains only a few cell types, including the granule cells, which are the most numerous neuronal subtype. Furthermore, in the mouse cerebellum granule cells are generated from granule cell precursors (gcps) in the external granule layer (EGL), from 1 day before birth until about 2 weeks of age. The complexity of the underlying cellular processes (multiple cell behaviors, three spatial dimensions, time-dependent changes) requires a quantitative framework to be fully understood...
May 2016: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
J Wen, J Lee, A Malhotra, R Nahta, A R Arnold, M C Buss, B D Brown, C Maier, A M Kenney, M Remke, V Ramaswamy, M D Taylor, R C Castellino
High-level amplification of the protein phosphatase PPM1D (WIP1) is present in a subset of medulloblastomas (MBs) that have an expression profile consistent with active Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) signaling. We found that WIP1 overexpression increased expression of Shh target genes and cell proliferation in response to Shh stimulation in NIH3T3 and cerebellar granule neuron precursor cells in a p53-independent manner. Thus, we developed a mouse in which WIP1 is expressed in the developing brain under control of the Neurod2 promoter (ND2:WIP1)...
April 18, 2016: Oncogene
Annika K Wefers, Sven Lindner, Johannes H Schulte, Ulrich Schüller
LIN28B is a homologue of the RNA-binding protein LIN28A and regulates gene expression during development and carcinogenesis. It is strongly upregulated in a variety of brain tumors, such as medulloblastoma, embryonal tumor with multilayered rosettes (ETMR), atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor (AT/RT), or glioblastoma, but the effect of an in vivo overexpression of LIN28B on the developing central nervous system is unknown. We generated transgenic mice that either overexpressed Lin28b in Math1-positive cerebellar granule neuron precursors or in a broad range of Nestin-positive neural precursors...
February 2017: Cerebellum
Michalina Hanzel, Richard J T Wingate, Thomas Butts
The cerebellar external granule layer (EGL) is the site of the largest transit amplification in the developing brain, and an excellent model for studying neuronal proliferation and differentiation. In addition, evolutionary modifications of its proliferative capability have been responsible for the dramatic expansion of cerebellar size in the amniotes, making the cerebellum an excellent model for evo-devo studies of the vertebrate brain. The constituent cells of the EGL, cerebellar granule progenitors, also represent a significant cell of origin for medulloblastoma, the most prevalent paediatric neuronal tumour...
December 14, 2015: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Jun Young Park, Lucinda J Hughes, Uk Yeol Moon, Raehee Park, Sang-Bae Kim, Khoi Tran, Ju-Seog Lee, Seo-Hee Cho, Seonhee Kim
Through their biased localization and function within the cell, polarity complex proteins are necessary to establish the cellular asymmetry required for tissue organization. Well-characterized germinal zones, mitogenic signals and cell types make the cerebellum an excellent model for addressing the crucial function of polarity complex proteins in the generation and organization of neural tissues. Deletion of the apical polarity complex protein Pals1 in the developing cerebellum results in a remarkably undersized cerebellum with disrupted layers in poorly formed folia and strikingly reduced granule cell production...
January 1, 2016: Development
Kei Hashimoto, Fumi Sakane, Natsumi Ikeda, Ayumi Akiyama, Miyaka Sugahara, Yasunori Miyamoto
Vitronectin (VN), which is an extracellular matrix protein, is known to be involved in the proliferation and differentiation of primary cultured cerebellar granule cell precursors (CGCPs); however, the effect of VN is not fully understood. In this study, we analyzed the effects of VN loss on the proliferation and differentiation of CGCPs in VN knockout (VNKO) mice in vivo. First, immunohistochemistry showed that VN was distributed in the region from the inner external granule layer (iEGL) through the internal granule layer (IGL) in wild-type (WT) mice...
January 2016: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
Manuela Ceccarelli, Laura Micheli, Giorgio D'Andrea, Marco De Bardi, Blanca Scheijen, MariaTeresa Ciotti, Luca Leonardi, Siro Luvisetto, Felice Tirone
Cerebellar granule neurons develop postnatally from cerebellar granule precursors (GCPs), which are located in the external granule layer (EGL) where they massively proliferate. Thereafter, GCPs become postmitotic, migrate inward to form the internal granule layer (IGL), further differentiate and form synapses with Purkinje cell dendrites. We previously showed that the Btg family gene, Tis21/Btg2, is required for normal GCP migration. Here we investigated the role in cerebellar development of the related gene, Btg1, which regulates stem cell quiescence in adult neurogenic niches, and is expressed in the cerebellum...
December 1, 2015: Developmental Biology
Kevin Kiyoshi Noguchi, Omar Hoseá Cabrera, Brant S Swiney, Patricia Salinas-Contreras, Julie Kathryn Smith, Nuri B Farber
The external granule layer (EGL) is a proliferative region that produces over 90% of the neurons in the cerebellum but can also malignantly transform into a cerebellar tumor called the medulloblastoma (the most common malignant brain tumor in children). Current dogma considers Hedgehog stimulation a potent proliferative signal for EGL neural progenitor cells (NPCs) and medulloblastomas. However, the Hedgehog pathway also acts as a survival signal in the neural tube where it regulates dorsoventral patterning by controlling NPC apoptosis...
November 2015: Neurobiology of Disease
Abd El-Fattah B M El-Beltagy, Amoura M Abou-El-Naga, Dalia M Sabry
Long-acting nicotine is known to exert pathological effects on almost all tissues including the cerebellar cortex. The present work was designed to elucidate the effect of nicotine on the development of cerebellar cortex of chick embryo during incubation period. The fertilized eggs of hen (Gallus gallus domesticus) were injected into the air space by a single dose of long acting nicotine (1.6 mg/kg/egg) at the 4th day of incubation. The embryos were taken out of the eggs on days 8, 12 and 16 of incubation. The cerebellum of the control and treated embryos at above ages were processed for histopathological examination...
October 2015: Tissue & Cell
Akira Iizuka, Yasunori Matsuzaki, Ayumu Konno, Hirokazu Hirai
Retinoid-related orphan receptor α (RORα) is a critical master transcription factor that governs postnatal cerebellar development. An RORα-deficient cerebellum has a persistent external granular layer (EGL), rudimentary Purkinje cell (PC) dendrites, grossly reduced numbers of immature parallel fiber (PF)-PC synapses, and multiple climbing fibers (CF) innervating PCs in mice after 3 weeks of age when these features have disappeared in wild-type mice. Functionally, metabotropic glutamate receptor (mGluR)-mediated signaling in PCs is completely abrogated...
July 2016: Brain Structure & Function
Maurizio Ronci, Giuseppina Catanzaro, Luisa Pieroni, Agnese Po, Zein Mersini Besharat, Viviana Greco, Stefano Levi Mortera, Isabella Screpanti, Elisabetta Ferretti, Andrea Urbani
Human medulloblastoma (MB) is a malignant brain tumor that comprises four distinct molecular subgroups including the Sonic Hedgehog (SHH)-MB group. A leading cause of the SHH subgroup is an aberrant activation of the SHH pathway, a developmental signaling that regulates postnatal development of the cerebellum by promoting the mitotic expansion of granule neural precursors (GNPs) in the external granule layer (EGL). The abnormal SHH signaling pathway drives not only SHH-MB but also its cancer stem-like cells (SLCs), which represent a fraction of the tumor cell population that maintain cancer growth and have been associated with high grade tumors...
June 2015: Molecular BioSystems
Joshua C Chang, Mark Leung, Hamza Numan Gokozan, Patrick Edwin Gygli, Fay Patsy Catacutan, Catherine Czeisler, José Javier Otero
Late embryonic and postnatal cerebellar folial surface area expansion promotes cerebellar cortical cytoarchitectural lamination. We developed a streamlined sampling scheme to generate unbiased estimates of murine cerebellar surface area and volume using stereologic principles. We demonstrate that, during the proliferative phase of the external granular layer (EGL) and folial surface area expansion, EGL thickness does not change and thus is a topological proxy for progenitor self-renewal. The topological constraints indicate that, during proliferative phases, migration out of the EGL is balanced by self-renewal...
March 2015: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Yue Yong, Ya Meng, Hanqing Ding, Zhiqin Fan, Yifen Tang, Chenghua Zhou, Jia Luo, Zun-Ji Ke
PACT and its murine ortholog RAX were originally identified as a protein activator for the dsRNA-dependent, interferon-inducible protein kinase PKR. Recent studies indicated that RAX played a role in embryogenesis and neuronal development. In this study, we investigated the expression of RAX during the postnatal development of the mouse cerebellum and its role in the migration of cerebellar granule neurons (CGNs). High expression of RAX was observed in the cerebellum from postnatal day (PD) 4 to PD9, a period when the CGNs migrate from the external granule layer (EGL) to the internal granule layer (IGL)...
2015: Scientific Reports
Xavier Xifró, José Rodríguez-Álvarez
Cerebellar granule neurons (CGNs) constitute the most abundant neuronal population in the mammalian brain. Their postnatal generation and the feasibility to induce their apoptotic death in vitro make them an excellent model to study the effect of several neurotransmitters and neurotrophins. Here, we first review which factors are involved in the generation and proliferation of CGNs in the external granule layer (EGL) and in the regulation of their differentiation and migration to internal granule layer (IGL)...
June 2015: Cerebellum
Jessica M Rosin, Brendan B McAllister, Richard H Dyck, Christopher J Percival, Deborah M Kurrasch, John Cobb
Purkinje cells of the developing cerebellum secrete the morphogen sonic hedgehog (SHH), which is required to maintain the proliferative state of granule cell precursors (GCPs) prior to their differentiation and migration to form the internal granule layer (IGL). Despite a wealth of knowledge regarding the function of SHH during cerebellar development, the upstream regulators of Shh expression during this process remain largely unknown. Here we report that the murine short stature homeobox 2 (Shox2) gene is required for normal Shh expression in dorsal-residing Purkinje cells...
March 1, 2015: Developmental Biology
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