Jan 15, 2020

Canonical Wnt-signaling modulates the tempo of dendritic growth of adult-born hippocampal neurons

Jana HepptDieter Chichung Lie


In adult hippocampal neurogenesis neural stem/progenitor cells generate new dentate granule neurons that contribute to hippocampal plasticity. The establishment of a morphologically defined dendritic arbor is central to the functional integration of adult-born neurons. Here, we investigated the role of canonical Wnt/beta-catenin-signaling in dendritogenesis of adult-born neurons. We show that canonical Wnt-signaling follows a biphasic pattern, with high activity in stem/progenitor cells, attenuation in early immature neurons, and re-activation during maturation, and demonstrate that the biphasic activity pattern is required for proper dendrite development. Increasing beta-catenin-signaling in maturing neurons of young adult mice transiently accelerated dendritic growth, but eventually resulted in dendritic defects and excessive spine numbers. In middle-aged mice, in which protracted dendrite and spine development was paralleled by lower canonical Wnt-signaling activity, enhancement of beta-catenin-signaling restored dendritic growth and spine formation to levels observed in young adult animals. Our data indicate that precise timing and strength of beta-catenin-signaling is essential for the correct functional integration of adu...Continue Reading

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MRNA Maturation
Laboratory mice
Beta catenin
Stem Cells
Wnt Signaling Pathway
Vertebral Column
Neuronal RNA Granule

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