Conditional activation of Pax6 in the developing cortex of transgenic mice causes progenitor apoptosis

Joachim Berger, Silke Berger, Tran Cong Tuoc, Marcello D'Amelio, Francesco Cecconi, Jessica A Gorski, Kevin R Jones, Peter Gruss, Anastassia Stoykova

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During development, Pax6 is expressed in a rostrolateral-high to caudomedial-low gradient in the majority of the cortical radial glial progenitors and endows them with neurogenic properties. Using a Cre/loxP-based approach, we studied the effect of conditional activation of two Pax6 isoforms, Pax6 and Pax6-5a, on the corticogenesis of transgenic mice. We found that activation of either Pax6 or Pax6-5a inhibits progenitor proliferation in the developing cortex. Upon activation of transgenic Pax6, specific progenitor pools with distinct endogenous Pax6 expression levels at different developmental stages show defects in cell cycle progression and in the acquisition of apoptotic or neuronal cell fate. The results provide new evidence for the complex role of Pax6 in mammalian corticogenesis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1311 - 1322
Number of pages12
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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