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In the postnatal subventricular zone (SVZ), local cues or signaling molecules released from neuroblasts limit the proliferation of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP)-expressing progenitors thought to be stem cells. However, signals between SVZ cells have not been identified. We show that depolarization of neuroblasts induces nonsynaptic(More)
In the postnatal subventricular zone (SVZ), astrocyte-like cells tightly encapsulate chains of migrating neuronal precursors, although an influence of the astrocyte-like cells on precursor migration has not yet been demonstrated. Cell migration was studied in acute sagittal brain slices to determine whether GABA signaling between astrocyte-like cells and(More)
Previous studies have reported the presence of migrating and dividing neuronal progenitors in the subventricular zone (SVZ) and rostral migratory stream (RMS) of the postnatal mammalian brain. Although the behaviour of these progenitors is thought to be influenced by local signals, the nature and mode of action of the local signals are largely unknown. One(More)
We studied physiological properties of glial cells from acute slices of biopsies from patients operated for intractable mesio-temporal lobe epilepsy using whole-cell patch-clamp recordings. Cells were filled with Lucifer Yellow (LY) during recordings to allow morphological reconstruction and immunohistochemical cell identification. Seizure-associated(More)
Developmental changes in ion channel expression and cell morphology were studied in glial cells with the use of whole cell patch-clamp recordings in rat [postnatal day (P)5-P50] hippocampal slices. Recordings were obtained from 234 cells, presumed to be glia, in stratum radiatum and stratum lacunosum-moleculare of the CA1 region. Of 66 recorded cells filled(More)
Previous studies have reported the presence of neuronal progenitors in the subventricular zone (SVZ) and rostral migratory stream (RMS) of the postnatal mammalian brain. Although many studies have examined the survival and migration of progenitors after transplantation and the factors influencing their proliferation or differentiation, no information is(More)
Like the liver or other peripheral organs, two regions of the adult brain possess the ability of self-renewal through a process called neurogenesis. This raises tremendous hope for repairing the damaged brain, and it has stimulated research on identifying signals controlling neurogenesis. Neurogenesis involves several stages from fate determination to(More)
Even before integrating into existing circuitry, adult-born neurons express receptors for neurotransmitters, but the intercellular mechanisms and their impact on neurogenesis remain largely unexplored. Here, we show that neuroblasts born in the postnatal subventricular zone (SVZ) acquire NMDA receptors (NMDARs) during their migration to the olfactory bulb.(More)
Glutamate transporters limit cross talk between excitatory synapses by removing synaptically released glutamate. However, the role of glutamate transporters in limiting the action of synaptically released glutamate at inhibitory synapses remains unknown. Single and paired whole-cell patch-clamp recordings were obtained from Purkinje neurons and Bergmann(More)
Although glial GABA uptake and release have been studied in vitro, GABA transporters (GATs) have not been characterized in glia in slices. Whole cell patch-clamp recordings were obtained from Bergmann glia in rat cerebellar slices to characterize carrier-mediated GABA influx and efflux. GABA induced inward currents at -70 mV that could be pharmacologically(More)