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Int J Biol Sci 2016; 12(12):1405-1414. doi:10.7150/ijbs.16696

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Distributed Features of Vimentin-Containing Neural Precursor Cells in Olfactory Bulb of SOD1G93A Transgenic Mice: a Study about Resource of Endogenous Neural Stem Cells

Chunyan Tang1*, Lei Zhu1*, Weiming Gan1*, Huiting Liang1*, Jiao Li1*, Jie Zhang1*, Xiong Zhang2,3*, Yi Lu, Renshi Xu1✉

1. Department of Neurology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanchang University, Nanchang 330006, Jiangxi, China;
2. Graduate School of Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, Guangdong Province, China;
3. Department of Neurology, Guangdong General Hospital, Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, Guangdong Neuroscience Institute, Guangzhou 510080, Guangdong Province, China.
*The authors equally contributed to the work, was the jointed first authors.


No any effective treatments can prevent from the motor neuron degeneration in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at present. In order to modulating the endogenous neural precursor cells (NPCs) to repairing the degenerative motor neurons in ALS, we studied the alteration of endogenous vimentin-containing NPCs in olfactory bulb (OB) at the different stages of SOD1 wlid-type and G93A transgenic mice. The results showed that the vimentin-containing cells (VCCs) were mainly distributed in the glomerular layer (Gl), the accessory OB (AOB), the OB core, the granular cell layer (GRO) and the mitral cell layer (MI)+the internal plexiform layer (IPL) of the OB of adult mice. Almost all VCCs in Gl, OB core and GRO were the GFAP positive cells. Almost all VCCs in AOB were the Oligo-2 positive cells. Fewer VCCs in MI+IPL were the NeuN positive cells. VCCs significantly increased in the OB core and Gl of adult OB at the pre-onset, onset and progression stages of ALS-like G93A transgenic disease, particularly in OB core. All increased VCCs were the GFAP positive cells. Our data suggested that there extensively existed the endogenous vimentin-containing NPCs in the OB of adult mice, which was a potential resource of neural stem cells, they could differentiate into astrocyte, oligodendrocyte and neuron cells, were a potential astrocyte neuroregenerative response in adult OB in the ALS-like disease, were a potential pathway to repair the degenerated motor neurons.

Keywords: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Olfactory bulb, Vimentin, Neural precursor cells, Astrocyte cell, Neural stem cells, SOD1 G93A transgenic mouse.

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Tang C, Zhu L, Gan W, Liang H, Li J, Zhang J, Zhang X, Lu Y, Xu R. Distributed Features of Vimentin-Containing Neural Precursor Cells in Olfactory Bulb of SOD1G93A Transgenic Mice: a Study about Resource of Endogenous Neural Stem Cells. Int J Biol Sci 2016; 12(12):1405-1414. doi:10.7150/ijbs.16696. Available from