Corrales J, Rocco G, Blaess S, Guo Q, Joyner A.. Spatial pattern of sonic hedgehog signaling through Gli genes during cerebellum development. Development 131: 5581-5590

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, Virginia, United States
Development (Impact Factor: 6.46). 12/2004; 131(22):5581-90. DOI: 10.1242/dev.01438
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The cerebellum consists of a highly organized set of folia that are largely generated postnatally during expansion of the granule cell precursor (GCP) pool. Since the secreted factor sonic hedgehog (Shh) is expressed in Purkinje cells and functions as a GCP mitogen in vitro, it is possible that Shh influences foliation during cerebellum development by regulating the position and/or size of lobes. We studied how Shh and its transcriptional mediators, the Gli proteins, regulate GCP proliferation in vivo, and tested whether they influence foliation. We demonstrate that Shh expression correlates spatially and temporally with foliation. Expression of the Shh target gene Gli1 is also highest in the anterior medial cerebellum, but is restricted to proliferating GCPs and Bergmann glia. By contrast, Gli2 is expressed uniformly in all cells in the developing cerebellum except Purkinje cells and Gli3 is broadly expressed along the anteroposterior axis. Whereas Gli mutants have a normal cerebellum, Gli2 mutants have greatly reduced foliation at birth and a decrease in GCPs. In a complementary study using transgenic mice, we show that overexpressing Shh in the normal domain does not grossly alter the basic foliation pattern, but does lead to prolonged proliferation of GCPs and an increase in the overall size of the cerebellum. Taken together, these studies demonstrate that positive Shh signaling through Gli2 is required to generate a sufficient number of GCPs for proper lobe growth.

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    • "The mature cerebellum consists of a number of folia that grow and mature postnatally due to GCP expansion in the EGL, which is triggered by the release of SHH from Purkinje cells (Corrales et al., 2004; Lewis et al., 2004). In the rat cerebellum, Bmp4 expression is first detected in the EGL at P4 during granule cell differentiation, and is maximally expressed from P8 to P10 when differentiated granule neurons begin to migrate inwards from the EGL to their mature position in the IGL (Angley et al., 2003). "
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    ABSTRACT: Purkinje cells of the developing cerebellum secrete the morphogen sonic hedgehog (SHH), which is required to maintain the proliferative state of granule cell precursors (GCPs) prior to their differentiation and migration to form the internal granule layer (IGL). Despite a wealth of knowledge regarding the function of SHH during cerebellar development, the upstream regulators of Shh expression during this process remain largely unknown. Here we report that the murine short stature homeobox 2 (Shox2) gene is required for normal Shh expression in dorsal-residing Purkinje cells. Using two different Cre drivers, we show that elimination of Shox2 in the brain results in developmental defects in the inferior colliculus and cerebellum. Specifically, loss of Shox2 in the cerebellum results in precocious differentiation and migration of GCPs from the external granule layer (EGL) to the IGL. This correlates with premature bone morphogenetic protein 4 (Bmp4) expression in granule cells of the dorsal cerebellum. The size of the neonatal cerebellum is reduced in Shox2-mutant animals, which is consistent with a reduction in the number of GCPs present in the EGL, and could account for the smaller vermis and thinner IGL present in adult Shox2-mutants. Shox2-mutant mice also display reduced exploratory activity, altered gait and impaired motor coordination. Our findings are the first to show a role for Shox2 in brain development. We provide evidence that Shox2 plays an important role during cerebellar development, perhaps to maintain the proper balance of Shh and Bmp expression levels in the dorsal vermis, and demonstrate that in the absence of Shox2, mice display both cerebellar impairments and deficits in motor coordination, ultimately highlighting the importance of Shox2 in the cerebellum.
    Developmental Biology 12/2014; 399(1). DOI:10.1016/j.ydbio.2014.12.013 · 3.55 Impact Factor
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    • "The tempo of transit amplification within the EGL is driven by diffusible sonic hedgehog (Shh) secreted by underlying Purkinje cells (Dahmane and Ruiz-i-Altaba, 1999; Wallace, 1999; Wechsler-Reya and Scott, 1999; Lewis et al., 2004), and the importance of this pathway in a subset of medulloblastomas has been established through a variety of experimental and genomic methodologies (Box 3). Elegant studies manipulating the Shh signalling pathway appear to confirm the idea that foliation is a product of the surface expansion generated by transit amplification (Corrales et al., 2004, 2006). Proliferation within the EGL has also been shown to be influenced by a number of extracellular matrix (ECM) components, such as β1- integrin, that are expressed both within the EGL (Blaess et al., 2004) and in cerebellar Bergmann glial cells (see Glossary, Box 1) (Frick et al., 2012). "
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    ABSTRACT: The cerebellum is a pre-eminent model for the study of neurogenesis and circuit assembly. Increasing interest in the cerebellum as a participant in higher cognitive processes and as a locus for a range of disorders and diseases make this simple yet elusive structure an important model in a number of fields. In recent years, our understanding of some of the more familiar aspects of cerebellar growth, such as its territorial allocation and the origin of its various cell types, has undergone major recalibration. Furthermore, owing to its stereotyped circuitry across a range of species, insights from a variety of species have contributed to an increasingly rich picture of how this system develops. Here, we review these recent advances and explore three distinct aspects of cerebellar development - allocation of the cerebellar anlage, the significance of transit amplification and the generation of neuronal diversity - each defined by distinct regulatory mechanisms and each with special significance for health and disease.
    Development 11/2014; 141(21):4031-4041. DOI:10.1242/dev.106559 · 6.46 Impact Factor
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    • " glial cell development due to a disrupted Purkinje cell develop - ment at postnatal stages . Furthermore Gli1 and Gli2 , two of the most prominent down stream targets of the Shh signaling machinery , are both expressed in Bergmann glial cells and although Bergmann glia form in Gli2 conditional knock - out mutants , their fibers are disorganized ( Corrales et al . , 2004 ) . This additionally supports our hypothesis that Shh signaling could have a direct effect on Bergmann glia differentiation ."
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    ABSTRACT: Growth differentiation factor 10 (Gdf10), also known as Bmp3b, is a member of the transforming growth factor (TGF)-ß superfamily. Gdf10 is expressed in Bergmann glial cells, which was investigated by single-cell transcriptional profiling (Koirala and Corfas, (2010) PLoS ONE 5: e9198). Here we provide a detailed characterization of Gdf10 expression from E14, the stage at which Gdf10 is expressed for the first time in the cerebellum, until P28. We detected Gdf10 expression in both germinal zones: in the ventricular zone (VZ) of the 4th ventricle as well as in the rhombic lip (RL). The VZ has been postulated to give rise to GABAergic neurons and glial cells, whereas the RL gives rise to glutamatergic neurons. Thus, it was very surprising to discover a gene that is expressed exclusively in glial cells and is not restricted to an expression in the VZ, but is also present in the RL. At postnatal stages Gdf10 was distributed equally in Bergmann glial cells of the cerebellum. Furthermore, we found Gdf10 to be regulated by Sonic hedgehog (Shh), which is secreted by Purkinje cells of the cerebellum. In the conditional Shh mutants, glial cells showed a reduced expression of Gdf10, whereas the expression of Nestin and Vimentin was unchanged. Thus, we show for the first time, that Gdf10, expressed in Bergmann glial cells, is affected by the loss of Shh as early as E18.5, suggesting a regulation of glial development by Shh. GLIA 2014.
    Glia 10/2014; 62(10). DOI:10.1002/glia.22710 · 6.03 Impact Factor
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