The Purkinje neuron acts as a central regulator of spatially and functionally distinct cerebellar precursors.

Fleming JT, He W, Hao C, Ketova T, Pan FC, Wright CC, Litingtung Y, Chiang C
Dev Cell. 2013 27 (3): 278-92

PMID: 24229643 · PMCID: PMC3860749 · DOI:10.1016/j.devcel.2013.10.008

The prospective white matter (PWM) in the nascent cerebellum contains a transient germinal compartment that produces all postnatally born GABAergic inhibitory interneurons and astrocytes. However, little is known about the molecular identity and developmental potential of resident progenitors or key regulatory niche signals. Here, we show that neural stem-cell-like primary progenitors (Tnc(YFP-low) CD133(+)) generate intermediate astrocyte (Tnc(YFP-low) CD15(+)) precursors and GABAergic transient amplifying (Ptf1a(+)) cells. Interestingly, these lineally related but functionally divergent progenitors commonly respond to Sonic hedgehog (Shh), and blockade of reception in TNC(YFP-low) cells attenuates proliferation in the PWM, reducing both intermediate progenitor classes. Furthermore, we show that Shh produced from distant Purkinje neurons maintains the PWM niche independently of its classical role in regulating granule cell precursor proliferation. Our results indicate that Purkinje neurons maintain a bidirectional signaling axis, driving the production of spatially and functionally opposed inhibitory and excitatory interneurons important for motor learning and cognition.

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Animals Astrocytes Cell Differentiation Cell Proliferation Cells, Cultured Cerebellum Flow Cytometry gamma-Aminobutyric Acid Hedgehog Proteins Immunoenzyme Techniques Mice Mice, Knockout Neural Stem Cells Neurons Purkinje Cells Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction RNA, Messenger Signal Transduction

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