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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136119/the-bat-as-a-new-model-of-cortical-development
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Verónica Martínez-Cerdeño, Jasmin Camacho, Jeanelle Ariza, Hailee Rogers, Kayla Horton-Sparks, Anna Kreutz, Richard Behringer, John J Rasweiler, Stephen C Noctor
The organization of the mammalian cerebral cortex shares fundamental features across species. However, while the radial thickness of grey matter varies within one order of magnitude, the tangential spread of the cortical sheet varies by orders of magnitude across species. A broader sample of model species may provide additional clues for understanding mechanisms that drive cortical expansion. Here, we introduce the bat Carollia perspicillata as a new model species. The brain of C. perspicillata is similar in size to that of mouse but has a cortical neurogenic period at least 5 times longer than mouse, and nearly as long as that of the rhesus macaque, whose brain is 100 times larger...
November 9, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968796/the-tbr2-molecular-network-controls-cortical-neuronal-differentiation-through-complementary-genetic-and-epigenetic-pathways
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Alessandro Sessa, Ernesto Ciabatti, Daniela Drechsel, Luca Massimino, Gaia Colasante, Serena Giannelli, Takashi Satoh, Shizuo Akira, Francois Guillemot, Vania Broccoli
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 1, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28855864/persistent-decreases-in-adult-subventricular-and-hippocampal-neurogenesis-following-adolescent-intermittent-ethanol-exposure
#3
Wen Liu, Fulton T Crews
Neurogenesis in hippocampal dentate gyrus (DG) and subventricular zone (SVZ) matures during adolescence to adult levels. Binge drinking is prevalent in adolescent humans, and could alter brain neurogenesis and maturation in a manner that persists into adulthood. To determine the impact of adolescent binge drinking on adult neurogenesis, Wistar rats received adolescent intermittent ethanol (AIE) exposure (5.0 g/kg/day, i.g., 2 days on/2 days off from postnatal day, P25-P54) and sacrificed on P57 or P95. Neural progenitor cell proliferation, differentiation, survival and maturation using immunohistochemistry was determined in the DG and SVZ...
2017: Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780644/immunopotentiator-thymosin-alpha-1-promotes-neurogenesis-and-cognition-in-the-developing-mouse-via-a-systemic-th1-bias
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Ge Wang, Fen He, Yunlong Xu, Yuwei Zhang, Xiao Wang, Chunhua Zhou, Yihong Huang, Juntao Zou
In early life, the immune system plays an essential role in brain development. In our study, the immunopotentiator thymosin alpha-1 (Ta1) was peripherally administered to neonatal mice to explore whether the peripheral immunopotentiator affects neurodevelopment and cognition, and to further investigate the relevant mechanism. Compared with the control group, the Ta1 mice displayed better cognitive abilities in early life. The numbers of 5-bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU)+, nestin+, T-box transcription factor 2 (Tbr2)+, BrdU+/doublecortin (DCX)+, BrdU+/ionized calcium-binding adaptor molecule 1 (Iba1)+, and BrdU+/neuronal nuclei (NeuN)+ cells in the hippocampus were increased in the Ta1 group, accompanied by increased interleukin-4 (IL-4), interferon-gamma, brain-derived neurotrophic factor, nerve growth factor, and insulin-like growth factor-1 as well as decreased IL-6 and tumor necrosis factor-α...
August 5, 2017: Neuroscience Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765163/epigenome-profiling-and-editing-of-neocortical-progenitor-cells-during-development
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Mareike Albert, Nereo Kalebic, Marta Florio, Naharajan Lakshmanaperumal, Christiane Haffner, Holger Brandl, Ian Henry, Wieland B Huttner
The generation of neocortical neurons from neural progenitor cells (NPCs) is primarily controlled by transcription factors binding to DNA in the context of chromatin. To understand the complex layer of regulation that orchestrates different NPC types from the same DNA sequence, epigenome maps with cell type resolution are required. Here, we present genomewide histone methylation maps for distinct neural cell populations in the developing mouse neocortex. Using different chromatin features, we identify potential novel regulators of cortical NPCs...
September 1, 2017: EMBO Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690640/wdr62-regulates-early-neural-and-glial-progenitor-specification-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cells
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Abdullah J Alshawaf, Ana Antonic, Efstratios Skafidas, Dominic Chi-Hung Ng, Mirella Dottori
Mutations in WD40-repeat protein 62 (WDR62) are commonly associated with primary microcephaly and other developmental cortical malformations. We used human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC) to examine WDR62 function during human neural differentiation and model early stages of human corticogenesis. Neurospheres lacking WDR62 expression showed decreased expression of intermediate progenitor marker, TBR2, and also glial marker, S100β. In contrast, inhibition of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signalling during hPSC neural differentiation induced upregulation of WDR62 with a corresponding increase in neural and glial progenitor markers, PAX6 and EAAT1, respectively...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685906/a-morphology-independent-approach-for-identifying-dividing-adult-neural-stem-cells-in-the-mouse-hippocampus
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Lachlan Harris, Oressia Zalucki, Sabrina Oishi, Thomas H Burne, Dhanisha J Jhaveri, Michael Piper
Background Type 1 adult hippocampal neural stem cells (AH-NSCs) continue to generate neurons throughout life, albeit at a very low rate. The relative quiescence of this population of cells has led to many studies investigating factors that may increase their division. Current methods of identifying dividing AH-NSCs in vivo require the identification and tracing of radial processes back to nuclei within the subgranular zone. However, caveats to this approach include the time-intensive nature of identifying AH-NSCs with such a process, as well as the fact that this approach ignores the relatively more active population of horizontally oriented AH-NSCs that also reside in the subgranular zone...
July 7, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647514/aqueous-cigarette-tar-extracts-disrupt-corticogenesis-from-human-embryonic-stem-cells-in-vitro
#8
Aynun N Begum, Jose S Aguilar, Yiling Hong
BACKGROUND: Cigarette butts are the most common form of litter in the world, and approximately 4.5 trillion smoked cigarettes are discarded every year worldwide. Cigarette butts contain over 4000 chemicals, many of which are known to have neurotoxic effects. Stem cell neuronal differentiation provides an excellent cellular model with which to examine the impact of aqueous cigarette tar extracts (ACTEs) on neurodevelopment. METHODS: We have developed a neurosphere-based stem cell neuronal differentiation protocol that can recapitulate corticogenesis and produce cell types that are similar to upper and lower layer cortical projection neurons found in the germinal zone of the developing human cortex...
October 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646547/a-dual-fluorescence-reporter-in-the-eomes-locus-for-live-imaging-and-medium-term-lineage-tracing
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Simone Probst, Ray A Daza, Natalie Bader, Jonas F Hummel, Matthias Weiß, Yakup Tanriver, Robert F Hevner, Sebastian J Arnold
The T-box transcription factor Eomes (also known as Tbr2) shows short-lived expression in various localized domains of the embryo, including epiblast cells during gastrulation and intermediate progenitor cells in the cerebral cortex. In these tissues Eomes fulfills crucial roles for lineage specification of progenitors. To directly observe Eomes-dependent cell lineages in the living embryo, we generated a novel dual-fluorescence reporter allele that expresses a membrane-bound tdTomato protein for investigation of cell morphology and a nuclear GFP for cell tracing...
August 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607372/enhanced-derivation-of-human-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cortical-glutamatergic-neurons-by-a-small-molecule
#10
Shi-Ying Cao, Yao Hu, Cheng Chen, Fang Yuan, Min Xu, Qi Li, Kai-Heng Fang, Yaoyu Chen, Yan Liu
Human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) play important role in studying the function of human glutamatergic neurons and related disease pathogenesis. However, the current hPSC-derived cortical system produced a significant number of inhibitory GABAergic neurons that reduced the purity of excitatory neurons. In this study, we established a robust hPSC-derived cortical neurogenesis system by applying the SHH inhibitor cyclopamine. Cyclopamine specified the dorsal cortical fate in a dose-dependent manner and enhanced the generation of cortical glutamatergic neurons, expressing PAX6, TBR1, TBR2, CTIP2, SATB2, and vesicular glutamate transporters (vGLUT)...
June 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28583079/lateral-cortical-cdca7-expression-levels-are-regulated-by-pax6-and-influence-the-production-of-intermediate-progenitors
#11
Yu-Ting Huang, John O Mason, David J Price
BACKGROUND: We studied whether regulation of Cdca7 (Cell division cycle associated 7) expression by transcription factor Pax6 contributes to Pax6's cellular actions during corticogenesis. The function of Cdca7 in mediating Pax6's effects during corticogenesis has not been explored. Pax6 is expressed by radial glial progenitors in the ventricular zone of the embryonic cortical neuroepithelium, where it is required for the development of a normal complement of Tbr2-expressing intermediate progenitor cells in the subventricular zone...
June 5, 2017: BMC Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578005/isolation-characterization-and-differentiation-of-multipotent-neural-progenitor-cells-from-human-cerebrospinal-fluid-in-fetal-cystic-myelomeningocele
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Mario Marotta, Alejandra Fernández-Martín, Marc Oria, Cesar G Fontecha, Carles Giné, Vicente Martínez-Ibáñez, Elena Carreras, Michael A Belfort, Gloria Pelizzo, Jose L Peiró
Despite benefits of prenatal in utero repair of myelomeningocele, a severe type of spina bifida aperta, many of these patients will still suffer mild to severe impairment. One potential source of stem cells for new regenerative medicine-based therapeutic approaches for spinal cord injury repair is neural progenitor cells (NPCs) in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). To this aim, we extracted CSF from the cyst surrounding the exposed neural placode during the surgical repair of myelomeningocele in 6 fetuses (20 to 26weeks of gestation)...
May 15, 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547531/neonatal-hyperoxia-perturbs-neuronal-development-in-the-cerebellum
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Till Scheuer, Yuliya Sharkovska, Victor Tarabykin, Katharina Marggraf, Vivien Brockmöller, Christoph Bührer, Stefanie Endesfelder, Thomas Schmitz
Impaired postnatal brain development of preterm infants often results in neurological deficits. Besides pathologies of the forebrain, maldeveolopment of the cerebellum is increasingly recognized to contribute to psychomotor impairments of many former preterm infants. However, causes are poorly defined. We used a hyperoxia model to define neonatal damage in cerebellar granule cell precursors (GCPs) and in Purkinje cells (PCs) known to be essential for interaction with GCPs during development. We exposed newborn rats to 24 h 80% O2 from age P6 to P7 to identify postnatal and long-term damage in cerebellar GCPs at age P7 after hyperoxia and also after recovery in room air thereafter until P11 and P30...
May 25, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386343/signaling-by-tgf-betas-in-tubule-cultures-of-adult-rat-testis
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Kai-Hui Chan, Sebastian P Galuska, Pradeep Kumar Kudipudi, Mohammad Assad Riaz, Kate L Loveland, Lutz Konrad
Although signal transduction of transforming growth factor-betas (TGF-βs) is well characterized in individual cell types, data about TGF-β signaling in a cellular context is still scarce. In this study, we used ex vivo tubule cultures from adult rat testis to investigate TGF-β signaling. We show for the first time in testicular tubules, that TGF-βs also signal via the BMP type I receptors, with ALK2 used by TGF-β1 and ALK3 and ALK6 by TGF-β2. This signal transduction is mediated via Smad3 as well as via Smad1...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168441/late-effect-of-developmental-exposure-to-3-3-iminodipropionitrile-on-neurogenesis-in-the-hippocampal-dentate-gyrus-of-mice
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Yasuko Hasegawa-Baba, Takeshi Tanaka, Yousuke Watanabe, Liyun Wang, Megu Itahashi, Toshinori Yoshida, Makoto Shibutani
The effects of developmental exposure to 3,3'-iminodipropionitrile (IDPN), a neurotoxicant that causes proximal axonopathy, on mouse hippocampal neurogenesis was examined. Pregnant mice were exposed to IDPN at 0, 600, or 1200 ppm in their drinking water from gestational day 6 to postnatal day (PND) 21. On PND 21, male offspring showed increased postmitotic neuron-specific NeuN-immunoreactive((+)) granule cell numbers in the dentate subgranular zone (SGZ) and granule cell layer (GCL) and decreased glutamate receptor gene Grin2d levels in the dentate gyrus at 1200 ppm...
July 2017: Neurotoxicity Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078709/expression-of-transcription-factors-divide-retinal-ganglion-cells-into-distinct-classes
#16
Neal T Sweeney, Kiely N James, Andreea Nistorica, Ryan M Lorig-Roach, David A Feldheim
Retinal ganglion cells (RGCs) are tasked with transmitting all light information from the eye to the retinal recipient areas of the brain. RGCs can be classified into many different types by morphology, gene expression, axonal projections, and functional responses to different light stimuli. Ultimately, these classification systems should be unified into an all-encompassing taxonomy. Toward that end, we show here that nearly all RGCs express either Islet-2, Tbr2 or a combination of Satb1and Satb2. We present gene expression data supporting the hypothesis that Satb1 and Satb2 are expressed in ON-OFF direction-selective (DS) RGCs, complementing our previous work demonstrating that RGCs that express Islet-2 and Tbr2 are non-DS and non-image-forming, respectively...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063930/systematic-time-dependent-visualization-and-quantitation-of-the-neurogenic-rate-in-brain-organoids
#17
Yoichi Kosodo, Taeko Suetsugu, Tetsuya J Kobayashi, Fumio Matsuzaki
Organoids mimicking the formation of the brain cortex have been demonstrated to be powerful tools for developmental studies as well as pathological investigations of brain malformations. Here, we report an integrated approach for the quantification of temporal neural production (neurogenic rate) in organoids derived from embryonic brains. Spherical tissue fragments with polarized cytoarchitectures were incubated in multiple cavities arranged in a polymethylmethacrylate chip. The time-dependent neurogenic rate in the organoids was monitored by the level of EGFP under the promoter of Tbr2, a transcription factor that is transiently expressed in neural fate-committed progenitors during corticogenesis...
January 29, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057270/the-roles-of-t-box-genes-in-vertebrate-limb-development
#18
REVIEW
C J Sheeba, M P O Logan
Members of the T-box gene family have diverse roles during embryogenesis and many play critical roles in the developing limb. This is exemplified by the fact that, in humans, mutations in T-box genes are associated with several congenital syndromes that include limb defects as part of their characteristic spectrum of abnormalities. T-box genes encode for evolutionary conserved transcription factors that include both transcriptional activators and repressors. The hallmark of T-box gene members is the presence of the eponymous DNA-binding T-box domain...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28057268/control-of-neuronal-development-by-t-box-genes-in-the-brain
#19
REVIEW
A B Mihalas, R F Hevner
T-box transcription factors play key roles in the regulation of developmental processes such as cell differentiation and migration. Mammals have 17 T-box genes, of which several regulate brain development. The Tbr1 subfamily of T-box genes is particularly important in development of the cerebral cortex, olfactory bulbs (OBs), and cerebellum. This subfamily is comprised of Tbr1, Tbr2 (also known as Eomes), and Tbx21. In developing cerebral cortex, Tbr2 and Tbr1 are expressed during successive stages of differentiation in the pyramidal neuron lineage, from Tbr2+ intermediate progenitors to Tbr1+ postmitotic glutamatergic neurons...
2017: Current Topics in Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27777416/ap2%C3%AE-controls-adult-hippocampal-neurogenesis-and-modulates-cognitive-but-not-anxiety-or-depressive-like-behavior
#20
A Mateus-Pinheiro, N D Alves, P Patrício, A R Machado-Santos, E Loureiro-Campos, J M Silva, V M Sardinha, J Reis, H Schorle, J F Oliveira, J Ninkovic, N Sousa, L Pinto
Hippocampal neurogenesis has been proposed to participate in a myriad of behavioral responses, both in basal states and in the context of neuropsychiatric disorders. Here, we identify activating protein 2γ (AP2γ, also known as Tcfap2c), originally described to regulate the generation of neurons in the developing cortex, as a modulator of adult hippocampal glutamatergic neurogenesis in mice. Specifically, AP2γ is present in a sub-population of hippocampal transient amplifying progenitors. There, it is found to act as a positive regulator of the cell fate determinants Tbr2 and NeuroD, promoting proliferation and differentiation of new glutamatergic granular neurons...
October 25, 2016: Molecular Psychiatry
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