ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-151126-5
Hypothalamic radial glia function as self-renewing neural progenitors in the absence of Wnt/ß-catenin signaling
Duncan, R.N., Xie, Y., McPherson, A.D., Taibi, A.V., Bonkowsky, J.L., Douglass, A.D., Dorsky, R.I.
Date: 2016
Source: Development (Cambridge, England)   143(1): 45-53 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Bonkowsky, Joshua, Dorsky, Richard, Duncan, Robert, McPherson, Adam D., Xie, Yuanyuan
Keywords: Wnt signaling, Radial glia, Neural progenitors, Hypothalamus, Zebrafish
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Cell Self Renewal/physiology*
  • Ependymoglial Cells/cytology*
  • Hypothalamus/cytology*
  • Hypothalamus/embryology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Intercellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins/metabolism
  • Neural Stem Cells/cytology*
  • Neurogenesis/physiology*
  • Wnt Proteins/genetics
  • Wnt Signaling Pathway/genetics*
  • Zebrafish/embryology
  • Zebrafish Proteins/metabolism
  • beta Catenin/genetics
PubMed: 26603385 Full text @ Development
The vertebrate hypothalamus contains persistent radial glia that have been proposed to function as neural progenitors. In zebrafish, a high level of postembryonic hypothalamic neurogenesis has been observed, but the role of radial glia in generating these new neurons is unclear. We have used inducible Cre-mediated lineage labeling to show that a population of hypothalamic radial glia undergoes self-renewal and generates multiple neuronal subtypes at larval stages. While Wnt/ß-catenin signaling has been demonstrated to promote the expansion of other stem and progenitor cell populations, we find that pathway activity inhibits this process in hypothalamic radial glia, and is not required for their self-renewal. In contrast, Wnt/ß-catenin signaling is required for the differentiation of a specific subset of radial glial neuronal progeny residing along the ventricular surface. We also show that partial genetic ablation of hypothalamic radial glia or their progeny causes a net increase in their proliferation, which is also independent of Wnt/ß-catenin signaling. Hypothalamic radial glia in the zebrafish larva thus exhibit several key characteristics of a neural stem cell population, and our data support the idea that Wnt pathway function may not be homogeneous in all stem or progenitor cells.