Specification of a foxj1-dependent lineage in the forebrain is required for embryonic-to-postnatal transition of neurogenesis in the olfactory bulb

Benoit V. Jacquet, Nagendran Muthusamy, Laura J. Sommerville, Guanxi Xiao, Huixuan Liang, Yong Zhang, Michael J. Holtzman, H. Troy Ghashghaei

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Abstract

Establishment of a neural stem cell niche in the postnatal subependymal zone (SEZ) and the rostral migratory stream (RMS) is required for postnatal and adult neurogenesis in the olfactory bulbs (OB). We report the discovery of a cellular lineage in the SEZ-RMS-OB continuum, the specification of which is dependent on the expression of the forkhead transcription factor Foxj1 in mice. Spatially and temporally restricted Foxj1+ neuronal progenitors emerge during embryonic periods, surge during perinatal development, and are active only for the first few postnatal weeks. We show that the development of the unique Foxj1-derived lineage is dependent on Foxj1 expression and is required for overall postnatal neurogenesis in the OB. Strikingly, the production of neurons from Foxj1+ progenitors significantly declines after the early postnatal weeks, but Foxj1-derived neurons in the OB persist during adult periods. For the first time, our study identifies the time- and region-specific activity of a perinatal progenitor domain that is required for transition and progression of OB neurogenesis from the embryonic-to-postnatal periods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9368-9382
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Volume31
Issue number25
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 22 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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