A Quantitative Cell Migration Assay for Murine Enteric Neural Progenitors

Bergeron, Karl-Frederik; Cardinal, Tatiana et Pilon, Nicolas (2013). « A Quantitative Cell Migration Assay for Murine Enteric Neural Progenitors ». Journal of Visualized Experiments(79), e50709.

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Neural crest cells (NCC) are a transient and multipotent cell population that originates from the dorsal neural tube and migrates extensively throughout the developing vertebrate embryo. In addition to providing peripheral glia and neurons, NCC generate melanocytes as well as most of the cranio-facial skeleton. NCC migration and differentiation is controlled by a combination of their axial origin along the neural tube and their exposure to regionally distinct extracellular cues. Such contribution of extracellular ligands is especially evident during the formation of the enteric nervous system (ENS), a complex interconnected network of neural ganglia that locally controls (among other things) gut muscle movement and intestinal motility. Most of the ENS is derived from a small initial pool of NCC that undertake a long journey in order to colonize - in a rostral to caudal fashion - the entire length of the prospective gut. Among several signaling pathways known to influence enteric NCC colonization, GDNF/RET signaling is recognized as the most important. Indeed, spatiotemporally controlled secretion of the RET ligand GDNF by the gut mesenchyme is chiefly responsible for the attraction and guidance of RET-expressing enteric NCC to and within the embryonic gut. Here, we describe an ex vivo cell migration assay, making use of a transgenic mouse line possessing fluorescently labeled NCC, which allows precise quantification of enteric NCC migration potential in the presence of various growth factors, including GDNF.

Type: Article de revue scientifique
Mots-clés ou Sujets: Cell migration assay, neural crest cell, transgenic mouse, Gata4p[5kb]-GFP, growth factors, GDNF
Unité d'appartenance: Centres institutionnels > Centre de recherches biomédicales (BIOMED)
Faculté des sciences > Département des sciences biologiques
Déposé par: Jean-Jacques Rondeau
Date de dépôt: 07 janv. 2019 15:36
Dernière modification: 07 janv. 2019 15:36
Adresse URL : http://archipel.uqam.ca/id/eprint/12038


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