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Neuroscience. 1996 Jul;73(2):581-94.

mCD24 expression in the developing mouse brain and in zones of secondary neurogenesis in the adult.

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Laboratoire de Génétique et Physiologie du Développement, CNRS/Université Aix-Marseille II, UMR 9943, Faculte des Sciences de Luminy, France.


Interactions mediated by cell surface glycoproteins are considered to be crucial during the formation of the nervous system. Using a monoclonal antibody directed to mCD24, a glycosylphos-phatidylinositol-anchored membrane glycoprotein, we have mapped its distribution throughout the mouse cerebral cortex during development and in young adult. Before birth, mCD24 immunoreactivity was observed in the intermediate zone, the cortical plate and the marginal zone, whereas the ventricular zones were immunonegative. After birth, mCD24 expression declined rapidly in the cortex, except in the corpus callosum (and other commissures in the brain) where immunoreactivity was still found until P20. Furthermore, mCD24 expression was maintained in young adults (until P60, at least) in zones of secondary neurogenesis, such as the granule cells of the dentate gyrus, the subventricular zone lining the anterior part of the lateral ventricles and a zone of cells extending between the striatum and the corpus callosum to the centre of the olfactory bulb. In this area mCD24 and polysialic acid neural cell adhesion molecule stainings were superimposed, and this corresponded to the pathway of migration of the olfactory immature neurons (subependymal layer). A layer of ciliated ependymal cells, lining all the ventricular walls, was also immunoreactive for mCD24. Thus, except for these epithelial-like cells, mCD24 was essentially found associated with differentiating postmitotic neurons. Its spatiotemporal expression, both during development and in the adult, is compatible with a role for this glycoprotein in cell surface recognition and in signalling events occurring during neuronal migration and axonal growth.

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