Journal article

LINEAGE SPECIFICATION OF NEURONAL PRECURSORS IN THE MOUSE SPINAL-CORD

LJ RICHARDS, M MURPHY, R DUTTON, TJ KILPATRICK, AC PUCHE, SS TAN, PS TALMAN, PF BARTLETT

PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA | NATL ACAD SCIENCES | Published : 1995

Abstract

We have investigated the differentiation potential of precursor cells within the developing spinal cord of mice and have shown that spinal cord cells from embryonic day 10 specifically give rise to neurons when plated onto an astrocytic monolayer, Ast-1. These neurons had the morphology of motor neurons and > 83% expressed the motor neuron markers choline acetyltransferase, peripherin, calcitonin gene-related peptide, and L-14. By comparison, 93% of cells present on the Ast-1 monolayers were motor neuron-like. Time-lapse analysis revealed that the precursors on the Ast-1 monolayers gave rise to neurons either directly or following a single cell division. Together, these results indicate tha..

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