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In the developing brain, differentiation of neural precursors into neurons or glial cells occurs in response to neurotrophic factors acting on the cell surface. Intracellular signaling mechanisms that relay information to initiate differentiative responses of neural precursor cells are poorly understood. To investigate whether stimulation of the(More)
Normal central nervous system development is dependent on extensive cell migration. Cells born in the proliferative ventricular zone migrate radially along specialized glial processes to their final locations. In contrast, most inhibitory interneurons found in the adult mammalian cerebral cortex and some other structures migrate along a nonradial pathway(More)
Type I lissencephaly is a central nervous system (CNS) malformation characterized by mental retardation and epilepsy. These clinical features suggest a deficit in inhibitory neurons may, in part, underlie the pathogenesis of this disorder. Mutations in, or deletions of, LIS1 are the most commonly recognized genetic anomaly associated with type I(More)
Cell migration is an integral process in neural development. Analyses of radial cell migration (RCM) have revealed three modes of migration and specific defects in migration in various mouse mutants. In contrast, the dynamics of non-radial cell migration (NRCM) are incompletely understood. To investigate the dynamics of NRCM, we utilized a slice culture(More)
Mammalian forebrain development requires extensive cell migration for cells to reach their appropriate location in the adult brain. Defects in this migration result in human malformations and neurologic deficits. Thus, understanding the mechanisms underlying normal cell migration during development is essential to understanding the pathogenesis of human(More)
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