Immature neurons migrate tangentially within the rostral migratory stream (RMS) to the adult olfactory bulb (OB), then radially to their final positions as granule and periglomerular neurons; the controls over this transition are not well understood. Using adult transgenic mice with the human GFAP promoter driving expression of enhanced GFP, we identified a population of radial glia-like cells that we term adult olfactory radial glia-like cells (AORGs). AORGs have large, round somas and simple, radially oriented processes. Confocal reconstructions indicate that AORGs variably express typical radial glial markers, only rarely express mouse GFAP, and do not express astroglial, oligodendroglial, neuronal, or tanycyte markers. Electron microscopy provides further supporting evidence that AORGs are not immature neurons. Developmental analyses indicate that AORGs are present as early as P1, and are generated through adulthood. Tracing studies show that AORGs are not born in the SVZa, suggesting that they are born either in the RMS or the OB. Migrating immature neurons from the adult SVZa are closely apposed to AORGs during radial migration in vivo and in vitro. Taken together, these data indicate a newly-identified population of radial glia-like cells in the adult OB that might function uniquely in neuronal radial migration during adult OB neurogenesis.
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Related Faculty

Photo of Jeffrey D. Macklis

Jeffrey Macklis investigates molecular controls and mechanisms over neuron subtype specification, development, diversity, axon guidance-circuit formation, and pathology in the cerebral cortex. His lab seeks to apply developmental controls toward brain and spinal cord regeneration and directed differentiation for in vitro mechanistic modeling using human assembloids.

Search Menu