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Neuron. 2017 May 3;94(3):517-533.e3. doi: 10.1016/j.neuron.2017.04.012.

Mosaic Analysis with Double Markers Reveals Distinct Sequential Functions of Lgl1 in Neural Stem Cells.

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Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Am Campus 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria.
Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences, Program in Genetics, W.M. Keck Center for Behavioral Biology, College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27607, USA.
Division of Human Biology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA 98109, USA.
Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Am Campus 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg, Austria. Electronic address:


The concerted production of neurons and glia by neural stem cells (NSCs) is essential for neural circuit assembly. In the developing cerebral cortex, radial glia progenitors (RGPs) generate nearly all neocortical neurons and certain glia lineages. RGP proliferation behavior shows a high degree of non-stochasticity, thus a deterministic characteristic of neuron and glia production. However, the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling RGP behavior and proliferation dynamics in neurogenesis and glia generation remain unknown. By using mosaic analysis with double markers (MADM)-based genetic paradigms enabling the sparse and global knockout with unprecedented single-cell resolution, we identified Lgl1 as a critical regulatory component. We uncover Lgl1-dependent tissue-wide community effects required for embryonic cortical neurogenesis and novel cell-autonomous Lgl1 functions controlling RGP-mediated glia genesis and postnatal NSC behavior. These results suggest that NSC-mediated neuron and glia production is tightly regulated through the concerted interplay of sequential Lgl1-dependent global and cell intrinsic mechanisms.


EGFR; LGL1; MADM; RGP; gliogenesis; lineage; mosaic analysis with double markers; neural stem cells; neurogenesis; radial glia progenitor

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