Reprogramming of neonatal SVZ progenitors by Islet-1 and Neurogenin-2.

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The subventricular zone (SVZ) lining the lateral walls of the lateral ventricles is one of the major neurogenic areas in the postnatal brain. Precursor cells in the SVZ migrate via the rostral migratory stream to the olfactory bulb where they differentiate into neurons. Cell replacement strategies utilizing the recruitment of these endogenous progenitors and their progeny to different areas of the brain hold great promise for the future, but much research is needed in order to understand the sequence of molecular signals necessary to induce proliferation, migration and site-specific differentiation of these cells. In this study we show that the SVZ cells can be redirected from their normal migration route and directed towards other brain regions when they are infected with retroviruses encoding the developmentally important transcription factors Islet-1 and Neurogenin-2. After co-transduction with these transcription factors, transduced cells could be detected in several areas of the brain. When located in the striatum, the reprogrammed cells displayed neuroblast-like morphology. Once removed from the striatal parenchyma and allowed to further differentiation in vitro they developed into beta-III-tubulin positive neurons.


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  • Neurovetenskaper
Sidor (från-till)453-459
TidskriftMolecular and Cellular Neuroscience
StatusPublished - 2008
Peer review utfördJa