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J Comp Neurol. 1992 Sep 1;323(1):128-36.

Novel developmental boundary in the cerebellum revealed by zebrin expression in the lurcher (Lc/+) mutant mouse.

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Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


The cerebellar cortex contains at least two classes of Purkinje cells, which are organized into alternating arrays of parasagittal bands. The clearest demonstration of this compartmentation is the pattern of expression of a family of polypeptide antigens, the zebrins, which are expressed selectively by Purkinje cell subsets. Furthermore, anterograde tracing experiments show that the zebrin compartments are closely correlated with both afferent and efferent projection maps. The further subdivision of long parasagittal bands into smaller modules may occur through several different mechanisms, including the intrinsic cerebellar lobulation and the selective distribution of afferent terminal fields. However, while the longitudinal subdivisions are straightforwardly shown, the mediolateral boundaries are more subtle. In this report we describe a novel mediolateral and anteroposterior compartmentation boundary in mice, running across lobule VIII, that is revealed by the consequences of the lurcher (Lc/+) allele for zebrin expression. In normal mice zebrin compartmentation develops in several discrete stages: until postnatal day 5 (PD5) there is no zebrin expression; from PD5-PD7 zebrin is found only in the posterior lobe vermis, with immunoreactive Purkinje cells in lobules X, IX, and VIII but not elsewhere; from PD7-PD12 most Purkinje cells in the vermis become zebrin+; from PD12-PD15 immunoreactivity also appears in the hemispheres so that almost all Purkinje cells now are zebrin+; and finally, from PD15-PD25 zebrin is gradually suppressed in those Purkinje cells that are zebrin- in the adult until the mature pattern of parasagittal compartments is revealed. In the Lc/+ mutant the normal developmental progression is interrupted at around PD7. As a result, the pattern of zebrin expression becomes frozen at that stage when immunoreactive Purkinje cells are confined exclusively to the posterior lobe vermis. A reproducible boundary between expressing and nonexpressing zones runs mediolaterally across the dorsal surface of lobule VIII. Apart from zebrin expression itself, there are no obvious structural correlates of this transition. This mediolateral boundary identifies a developmental unit in the posterior lobe vermis of the cerebellum, and provides further evidence that the cerebellum is a highly heterogeneous structure.

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