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Murine numb regulates granule cell maturation in the cerebellum

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Zilian,  Olav
Department of Molecular Embryology, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Max Planck Society;

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Taylor,  Verdon
Emeritus Group: Molecular Embryology, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Max Planck Society;

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Klein, A.-L., Zilian, O., Suter, U., & Taylor, V. (2004). Murine numb regulates granule cell maturation in the cerebellum. Developmental Biology, 266, 161-177.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002B-947D-D
Abstract
Notch is a key regulator of vertebrate neurogenesis and the cytoplasmic adaptor protein Numb is a modulator of the Notch signaling pathway. To address the role of murine Numb in development of the central nervous system, we used a conditional gene ablation approach. We show that Numb is involved in the maturation of cerebellar granule cells. Although the specification of neural cell fates in the cerebellum is not affected in the absence of Numb, the transition from a mitotic progenitor to a mature granule cell is aberrant and migration of postmitotic granule cells to the internal granule cell layer is delayed. In some animals, this results in a complete agenesis of granule cells and a strong ataxia. We confirmed these findings in vitro and found that Numb-deficient cerebellar progenitor cells show a marked delay in granule cell maturation. Our results suggest that Numb plays a role in the transition of a mitotic progenitor to a fully differentiated granule cell in the cerebellum. In addition, the maturation of Purkinje cells is also delayed in Numb-deficient mice.