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Mutations in the gene for the transcription factor, Pax6, induce marked developmental abnormalities in the CNS and the eye, but the cellular mechanisms that underlie the phenotype are unknown. We have examined the adhesive properties of cells from the developing forebrain in Small eye, the Pax6 mutant mouse. We have found that the segregation normally(More)
We have used a recombinant retrovirus carrying the lacZ gene to study the developmental potential of precursor cells from the embryonic rat cerebral cortex in dissociated cell culture. Virus was used to label a small number of cultured cells genetically so that their fate could be determined. Infected clones were detected with an anti-beta-galactosidase(More)
To gain insights into transcription factors defining neuronal identity, we generated transgenic mice carrying a 1.8 kb rat neuron-specific enolase (NSE) promoter fragment fused to an E. coli lacZ gene. Four of seven transgenic families expressed transgene RNA in the nervous system but not in most other tissues. Histochemical analysis of adult brain from the(More)
Cell lineage studies of the rat cerebral cortex suggest that by midneurogenesis, most precursor cells of the ventricular zone are specified to produce a single cell type. Yet there is also evidence for multipotential precursor cells. We used a retroviral vector to follow the developmental potential of cortical precursor cells by labeling cortical cells in(More)
Antidepressants increase adult hippocampal neurogenesis in animal models, but the underlying molecular mechanisms are unknown. In this study, we used human hippocampal progenitor cells to investigate the molecular pathways involved in the antidepressant-induced modulation of neurogenesis. Because our previous studies have shown that antidepressants regulate(More)
We have labelled precursor cells in the embryonic rat cerebral cortex using BAG, a retroviral vector that expresses beta-galactosidase. We had previously reported that labelled precursor cells generate clusters of labelled cells that could be classified into four types by their morphological appearance and anatomical distribution (Price and Thurlow, 1988).(More)
Neural induction is the first step in the formation of the vertebrate central nervous system. The emerging consensus of the mechanisms underlying neural induction is the combined influences from inhibiting bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) signaling and activating fibroblast growth factor (FGF)/Erk signaling, which act extrinsically via either autocrine or(More)
Transplantation of neural stem cells into the brain is a novel approach to the treatment of chronic stroke disability. For clinical application, safety and efficacy of defined, stable cell lines produced under GMP conditions are required. To this end, a human neural stem cell line, CTX0E03, was derived from human somatic stem cells following genetic(More)
We investigated the potential association between viruses and insulin-dependent (type 1) diabetes (IDDM) by developing a transgenic mouse model. By inserting into these mice a unique viral protein that was then expressed as a self-antigen in the pancreatic islets of Langerhans, we could study the effect on that expressed antigen alone, or in concert with an(More)
Increased inflammation and reduced neurogenesis have been associated with the pathophysiology of major depression. Here, we show for the first time how IL-1β, a pro-inflammatory cytokine shown to be increased in depressed patients, decreases neurogenesis in human hippocampal progenitor cells. IL-1β was detrimental to neurogenesis, as shown by a decrease in(More)