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Mech Dev. 2002 Sep;117(1-2):123-35.

BrdU-, neuroD (nrd)- and Hu-studies reveal unusual non-ventricular neurogenesis in the postembryonic zebrafish forebrain.

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FB 2, Brain Research Institute, University of Bremen, PO Box 330440, 28344 Bremen, Germany.


In the postembryonic zebrafish forebrain, subpial locations of neurogenesis do exist in the early cerebellar external granular layer, and--unusually among vertebrates--in the primordial pretectal (M1) and preglomerular (M2) Anlagen as shown here with 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU)/Hu-immunocytochemistry and in situ hybridization of neuroD. An intermediate BrdU incubation time of 12-16 h reveals in addition to proliferative ventricularly located cells those in M1 and M2. This BrdU saturation-labeling shows--in conjunction with a Hu-assay demonstrating earliest neuronal differentiation--that proliferating cells in M1 and M2 represent neuronal progenitors. This is demonstrated by single BrdU-labeled and double BrdU-/Hu-labeled cells in these aggregates. Further, expression of NeuroD--a marker for freshly determined neuronal cells--confirms this unusual subpial postembryonic forebrain neurogenesis.

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