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Elife. 2019 Aug 27;8. pii: e46675. doi: 10.7554/eLife.46675.

Lineage does not regulate the sensory synaptic input of projection neurons in the mouse olfactory bulb.

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Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, United States.


Lineage regulates the synaptic connections between neurons in some regions of the invertebrate nervous system. In mammals, recent experiments suggest that cell lineage determines the connectivity of pyramidal neurons in the neocortex, but the functional relevance of this phenomenon and whether it occurs in other neuronal types remains controversial. We investigated whether lineage plays a role in the connectivity of mitral and tufted cells, the projection neurons in the mouse olfactory bulb. We used transgenic mice to sparsely label neuronal progenitors and observed that clonally related neurons receive synaptic input from olfactory sensory neurons expressing different olfactory receptors. These results indicate that lineage does not determine the connectivity between olfactory sensory neurons and olfactory bulb projection neurons.


cell lineage; connectivity; developmental biology; mitral cell; mouse; neuroscience; olfactory bulb; projection neurons; tufted cell

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