Journal article

The location and phenotype of proliferating neural-crest-derived cells in the developing mouse gut

HM Young, KN Turner, AJ Bergner

Cell and Tissue Research | SPRINGER | Published : 2005


Neural crest cells that originate in the caudal hindbrain migrate into and along the developing gastrointestinal tract to form the enteric nervous system. While they are migrating, neural-crest-derived cells are also proliferating. Previous studies have shown that the expression of glial-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and endothelin-3 is highest in the embryonic caecum, and that GDNF alone or in combination with endothelin-3 promotes the proliferation of enteric neural-crest-derived cells in vitro. However, whether neural proliferative zones, like those in the central nervous system, are found along the developing gut is unknown. We used a fluorescent nucleic acid stain to identify divid..

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