Cortical nonpyramidal cells, the GABA-containing interneurons, originate mostly in the medial ganglionic eminence of the ventral telencephalon and follow tangential migratory routes to reach the dorsal telencephalon. Although several genes that play a role in this migration have been identified, the underlying cellular and molecular cues are not fully understood. We provide evidence that the neural cell adhesion molecule TAG-1 mediates the migration of cortical interneurons. We show that the migration of these neurons occurs along the TAG-1-expressing axons of the developing corticofugal system. The spatial and temporal pattern of expression of TAG-1 on corticofugal fibers coincides with the order of appearance of GABAergic cells in the developing cortex. Blocking the function of TAG-1, but not of L1, another adhesion molecule and binding partner of TAG-1, results in a marked reduction of GABAergic neurons in the cortex. These observations reveal a mechanism by which the adhesion molecule TAG-1, known to be involved in axonal pathfinding, also takes part in neuronal migration.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||10|
|State||Published - Dec 22 2001|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Molecular Biology
- Developmental Biology