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Radial glial cell

Nolan B Skop, Frances Calderon, Cheul H Cho, Chirag D Gandhi, Steven W Levison
Tissue engineering using stem cells is widely used to repair damaged tissues in diverse biological systems; however, this approach has met with less success in regenerating the central nervous system (CNS). In this study we optimized and characterized the surface chemistry of chitosan-based scaffolds for CNS repair. To maintain radial glial cell (RGC) character of primitive neural precursors, fibronectin was adsorbed to chitosan. The chitosan was further modified by covalently linking heparin using genipin, which then served as a linker to immobilize fibroblast growth factor-2 (FGF-2), creating a multifunctional film...
October 2016: Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine
C M Wen, M M Chen, F H Nan, C S Wang
In this study, cultures of neural stem-progenitor cells (NSPC) from the brain of green terror cichlid Aequidens rivulatus were established and various NSPCs were demonstrated using immunocytochemistry. All of the NSPCs expressed brain lipid-binding protein, dopamine- and cAMP-regulated neuronal phosphoprotein 32 (DARPP-32), oligodendrocyte transcription factor 2, paired box 6 and sex determining region Y-box 2. The intensity and localisation of these proteins, however, varied among the different NSPCs. Despite being intermediate cells, NSPCs can be divided into radial glial cells, oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPC) and neuroblasts by expressing the astrocyte marker glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), OPC marker A2B5 and neuronal markers, including acetyl-tubulin, βIII-tubulin, microtubule-associated protein 2 and neurofilament protein...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Fish Biology
Juanmei Gao, Hangze Ruan, Xianjie Qi, Yi Tao, Xia Guo, Wanhua Shen
Radial glial cells (RGs) are one of the important progenitor cells that can differentiate into neurons or glia to form functional neural circuits in the developing central nervous system (CNS). Histone deacetylases (HDACs) has been associated with visual activity dependent changes in BrdU-positive progenitor cells in the developing brain. We previously have shown that HDAC1 is involved in the experience-dependent proliferation of RGs. However, it is less clear whether two other members of class I HDACs, HDAC2 and HDAC3, are involved in the regulation of radial glia proliferation...
2016: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
Sonya Galant, Giacomo Furlan, Marion Coolen, Lara Dirian, Isabelle Foucher, Laure Bally-Cuif
Neurogenesis in the post-embryonic vertebrate brain varies in extent and efficiency between species and brain territories. Distinct neurogenesis modes may account for this diversity, and several neural progenitor subtypes, radial glial cells (RG) and neuroepithelial progenitors (NE), have been identified in the adult zebrafish brain. The neurogenic sequences issued from these progenitors, and their contribution to brain construction, remain incompletely understood. Here we use genetic tracing techniques based on conditional Cre recombination and Tet-On neuronal birthdating to unravel the neurogenic sequence operating from NE progenitors in the zebrafish post-embryonic optic tectum...
September 27, 2016: Developmental Biology
Animesh Alexander Raha, James W Henderson, Simon R W Stott, Romina Vuono, Simona Foscarin, Robert P Friedland, Shahid H Zaman, Ruma Raha-Chowdhury
Neuroinflammation and activation of innate immunity are early events in neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's disease (AD). Recently, a rare mutation in the gene Triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cells 2 (TREM2) has been associated with a substantial increase in the risk of developing late onset AD. To uncover the molecular mechanisms underlying this association, we investigated the RNA and protein expression of TREM2 in APP/PS1 transgenic mice. Our findings suggest that TREM2 not only plays a critical role in inflammation, but is also involved in neuronal cell survival and in neurogenesis...
September 20, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Christina Kyrousi, Maria-Eleni Lalioti, Eleni Skavatsou, Zoi Lygerou, Stavros Taraviras
Ependymal cells are multiciliated cells located in the wall of the lateral ventricles of the adult mammalian brain and are key components of the subependymal zone niche, where adult neural stem cells reside. Through the movement of their motile cilia, ependymal cells control the cerebrospinal fluid flow within the ventricular system from which they receive secreted molecules and morphogens controlling self-renewal and differentiation decisions of adult neural stem cells. Multiciliated ependymal cells become fully differentiated at postnatal stages however they are specified during mid to late embryogenesis from a population of radial glial cells...
2016: Neurogenesis (Austin, Tex.)
Jimmy de Melo, Brian S Clark, Seth Blackshaw
Müller glia (MG) are the principal glial cell type in the vertebrate retina. Recent work has identified the LIM homeodomain factor encoding gene Lhx2 as necessary for both Notch signaling and MG differentiation in late-stage retinal progenitor cells (RPCs). However, the extent to which Lhx2 interacts with other intrinsic regulators of MG differentiation is unclear. We investigated this question by investigating the effects of overexpression of multiple transcriptional regulators that are either known or hypothesized to control MG formation, in both wildtype and Lhx2-deficient RPCs...
2016: Scientific Reports
Hitoshi Gotoh, Tadashi Nomura, Katsuhiko Ono
Large amounts of energy are required when cells undergo cell proliferation and differentiation for mammalian neuronal development. Early neonatal mice face transient starvation and use stored energy for survival or to support development. Glycogen is a branched polysaccharide that is formed by glucose, and serves as an astrocytic energy store for rapid energy requirements. Although it is present in radial glial cells and astrocytes, the role of glycogen during development remains unclear. In the present study, we demonstrated that glycogen accumulated in glutamate aspartate transporter (GLAST)+ astrocytes in the subventricular zone and rostral migratory stream...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
C Silva-Álvarez, K Salazar, P Cisternas, F Martínez, S Liour, N Jara, R Bertinat, F Nualart
During brain development, radial glial (RG) cells and the different progenitor subtypes are characterized by their bipolar morphology that includes an ovoid cell body and one or two radial processes that span across the developing cerebral wall. Different cells transport the reduced form of vitamin C, ascorbic acid (AA), using sodium-dependent ascorbic acid cotransporters (SVCT1 or SVCT2). SVCT2 is mainly expressed in the nervous system (CNS); however, its localization in the central nervous system during embryonic development along with the mechanism by which RG take up vitamin C and its intracellular effects is unknown...
September 5, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Corinna Gleiser, Andreas Wagner, Petra Fallier-Becker, Hartwig Wolburg, Bernhard Hirt, Andreas F Mack
The main water channel of the brain, aquaporin-4 (AQP4), is one of the classical water-specific aquaporins. It is expressed in many epithelial tissues in the basolateral membrane domain. It is present in the membranes of supporting cells in most sensory organs in a specifically adapted pattern: in the supporting cells of the olfactory mucosa, AQP4 occurs along the basolateral aspects, in mammalian retinal Müller cells it is highly polarized. In the cochlear epithelium of the inner ear, it is expressed basolaterally in some cells but strictly basally in others...
2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Freyja K McClenahan, Himanshu Sharma, Xiwei Shan, Christopher Eyermann, Holly Colognato
While the extracellular matrix (ECM) is known to regulate neural stem cell quiescence in the adult subventricular zone (SVZ), the function of ECM in the developing SVZ remains unknown. Here, we report that the ECM receptor dystroglycan regulates a unique developmental restructuring of ECM in the early postnatal SVZ. Dystroglycan is furthermore required for ependymal cell differentiation and assembly of niche pinwheel structures, at least in part by suppressing Notch activation in radial glial cells, which leads to the increased expression of MCI, Myb, and FoxJ1, transcriptional regulators necessary for acquisition of the multiciliated phenotype...
September 12, 2016: Developmental Cell
Marco Onorati, Zhen Li, Fuchen Liu, André M M Sousa, Naoki Nakagawa, Mingfeng Li, Maria Teresa Dell'Anno, Forrest O Gulden, Sirisha Pochareddy, Andrew T N Tebbenkamp, Wenqi Han, Mihovil Pletikos, Tianliuyun Gao, Ying Zhu, Candace Bichsel, Luis Varela, Klara Szigeti-Buck, Steven Lisgo, Yalan Zhang, Anze Testen, Xiao-Bing Gao, Jernej Mlakar, Mara Popovic, Marie Flamand, Stephen M Strittmatter, Leonard K Kaczmarek, E S Anton, Tamas L Horvath, Brett D Lindenbach, Nenad Sestan
The mechanisms underlying Zika virus (ZIKV)-related microcephaly and other neurodevelopment defects remain poorly understood. Here, we describe the derivation and characterization, including single-cell RNA-seq, of neocortical and spinal cord neuroepithelial stem (NES) cells to model early human neurodevelopment and ZIKV-related neuropathogenesis. By analyzing human NES cells, organotypic fetal brain slices, and a ZIKV-infected micrencephalic brain, we show that ZIKV infects both neocortical and spinal NES cells as well as their fetal homolog, radial glial cells (RGCs), causing disrupted mitoses, supernumerary centrosomes, structural disorganization, and cell death...
September 6, 2016: Cell Reports
Marco Magistri, Nathalie Khoury, Emilia Maria Cristina Mazza, Dmitry Velmeshev, Jae K Lee, Silvio Bicciato, Pantelis Tsoulfas, Mohammad Ali Faghihi
Astrocytes are a morphologically and functionally heterogeneous population of cells that play critical roles in neurodevelopment and in the regulation of central nervous system homeostasis. Studies of human astrocytes have been hampered by the lack of specific molecular markers and by the difficulties associated with purifying and culturing astrocytes from adult human brains. Human neural progenitor cells (NPCs) with self-renewal and multipotent properties represent an appealing model system to gain insight into the developmental genetics and function of human astrocytes, but a comprehensive molecular characterization that confirms the validity of this cellular system is still missing...
August 26, 2016: European Journal of Neuroscience
Yong-Hee Rhee, Sang-Hoon Yi, Joo Yeon Kim, Mi-Yoon Chang, A-Young Jo, Jinyoung Kim, Chang-Hwan Park, Je-Yoel Cho, Young-Jin Choi, Woong Sun, Sang-Hun Lee
The intracellular Raf-Erk signaling pathway is activated during neural stem cell (NSC) proliferation, and neuronal and astrocytic differentiation. A key question is how this signal can evoke multiple and even opposing NSC behaviors. We show here, using a constitutively active Raf (ca-Raf), that Raf-Erk activation in NSCs induces neuronal differentiation in a cell-autonomous manner. By contrast, it causes NSC proliferation and the formation of astrocytes in an extrinsic autocrine/paracrine manner. Thus, treatment of NSCs with medium (CM) conditioned in ca-Raf-transduced NSCs (Raf-CM; RCM) became activated to form proliferating astrocytes resembling radial glial cells (RGCs) or adult-type NSCs...
2016: Scientific Reports
Karine Rizzoti, Robin Lovell-Badge
Along with the sub-ventricular zone of the forebrain lateral ventricles and the sub-granular zone of the dentate gyrus in the hippocampus, the hypothalamus has recently emerged as a third gliogenic and neurogenic niche in the central nervous system. The hypothalamus is the main regulator of body homeostasis because it centralizes peripheral information to regulate crucial physiological functions through the pituitary gland and the autonomic nervous system. Its ability to sense signals originating outside the brain relies on its exposure to blood-born molecules through the median eminence, which is localized outside the blood brain barrier...
August 13, 2016: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Liang Liu, Qin Zhang, Yulong Cai, Dayu Sun, Xie He, Lian Wang, Dan Yu, Xin Li, Xiaoyi Xiong, Haiwei Xu, Qingwu Yang, Xiaotang Fan
Radial glial-like cells (RGLs) in the adult dentate gyrus (DG) function as progenitor cells for adult hippocampal neurogenesis, a process involved in the stress-related pathophysiology and treatment efficiency of depression. Resveratrol (RSV) has been demonstrated to be a potent activator of neurogenesis. The present study investigated whether chronic RSV treatment has antidepressant potential in relation to hippocampal neurogenesis. Mice received two weeks of RSV (20 mg/kg) or dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) treatment, followed by lipopolysaccharide (LPS; 1 mg/kg) or saline injections for 5 days...
August 10, 2016: Oncotarget
Xin Chen, Lukang Wang, Bing Chen, Jiong Yue, Gang Zhu, Chunqing Zhang, Shiyong Liu, Hui Yang
Focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) is strongly associated with medically intractable epilepsy. Studies suggest that liver X receptor beta (LXRβ) may participate in the pathogenesis of FCD. The present study investigated the expression pattern of LXRβ in FCD and the distribution of LXRβ in different neural precursor cells. Twenty-five surgical specimens from FCD patients and 11 age-matched control samples from autopsies were included in our study. Protein levels and distribution were detected by western blot, immunohistochemistry, and immunofluorescence staining...
October 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
Catherine Czeisler, Aaron Short, Tyler Nelson, Patrick Gygli, Cristina Ortiz, Fay Patsy Catacutan, Ben Stocker, James Cronin, John Lannutti, Jessica Winter, José Javier Otero
We sought to determine the contribution of scaffold topography to the migration and morphology of neural stem cells by mimicking anatomical features of scaffolds found in vivo. We mimicked two types of CNS scaffolds encountered by neural stem cells during development in vitro by constructing different diameter electrospun polycaprolactone (PCL) fiber mats, a substrate that we have shown to be topographically similar to brain scaffolds. We compared the effects of large fibers (made to mimic blood vessel topography) with those of small diameter fibers (made to mimic radial glial process topography) on the migration and differentiation of neural stem cells...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Comparative Neurology
Venkat Swaroop Achuta, Heli Grym, Noora Putkonen, Verna Louhivuori, Virve Kärkkäinen, Jari Koistinaho, Laurent Roybon, Maija L Castrén
Disrupted metabotropic glutamate receptor 5 (mGluR5) signaling is implicated in many neuropsychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, found in fragile X syndrome (FXS). Here we report that intracellular calcium responses to the group I mGluR agonist (S)-3,5-dihydroxyphenylglycine (DHPG) are augmented, and calcium-dependent mGluR5-mediated mechanisms alter the differentiation of neural progenitors in neurospheres derived from human induced pluripotent FXS stem cells and the brains of mouse model of FXS...
July 13, 2016: Developmental Neurobiology
Aisha I Abdullah, Haijun Zhang, Yanzhen Nie, Wei Tang, Tao Sun
The molecular mechanisms regulating neural progenitor (NP) proliferation are fundamental in establishing the cytoarchitecture of the mammalian neocortex. The rate of cell-cycle progression and a fine-tuned balance between cell-cycle re-entry and exit determine the numbers of both NPs and neurons as well as postmitotic neuronal laminar distribution in the cortical wall. Here, we demonstrate that the microRNA (miRNA) miR-210 is required for normal mouse NP cell-cycle progression. Overexpression of miR-210 promotes premature cell-cycle exit and terminal differentiation in NPs, resulting in an increase in early-born postmitotic neurons...
July 12, 2016: Stem Cell Reports
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