Synergistic induction of astrocytic differentiation by factors secreted from meninges in the mouse developing brain

Yoichiro Kawamura, Sayako Katada, Hirofumi Noguchi, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Tsukasa Sanosaka, Koji Iihara, Kinichi Nakashima

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Astrocytes, which support diverse neuronal functions, are generated from multipotent neural stem/precursor cells (NS/PCs) during brain development. Although many astrocyte-inducing factors have been identified and studied in vitro, the regions and/or cells that produce these factors in the developing brain remain elusive. Here, we show that meninges-produced factors induce astrocytic differentiation of NS/PCs. Consistent with the timing when astrocytic differentiation of NS/PCs increases, expression of astrocyte-inducing factors is upregulated. Meningeal secretion-mimicking combinatorial treatment of NS/PCs with bone morphogenetic protein 4, retinoic acid and leukemia inhibitory factor synergistically activate the promoter of a typical astrocytic marker, glial fibrillary acidic protein. Taken together, our data suggest that meninges play an important role in astrocytic differentiation of NS/PCs in the developing brain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3709-3720
Number of pages12
JournalFEBS Letters
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Structural Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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