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Olig1 expression pattern in neural cells during rat spinal cord development

Authors Qi Q, Zhang Y, Shen L, Wang R, Zhou J, Lü H, Hu J

Received 27 October 2015

Accepted for publication 16 February 2016

Published 18 April 2016 Volume 2016:12 Pages 909—916


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Wai Kwong Tang

Qi Qi,1,2 Yuxin Zhang,1 Lin Shen,1 Rui Wang,1 Jiansheng Zhou,1 Hezuo Lü,1,3 Jianguo Hu1,3

1Anhui Key Laboratory of Tissue Transplantation, The First Affiliated Hospital of Bengbu Medical College, Bengbu, Anhui, People’s Republic of China; 2Department of Histology and Embryology, Bengbu Medical College, Bengbu, Anhui, People’s Republic of China; 3Department of Clinical Laboratory, The First Affiliated Hospital of Bengbu Medical College, Bengbu, Anhui, People’s Republic of China

Purpose: Our purpose was to systematically investigate the expression pattern and role of Olig1 in neural cells during rat spinal cord development.
Animals and methods: Spinal cord tissues were dissected from Sprague–Dawley rats at embryonic day 14.5 (E14.5) and E18.5, postnatal day 0 (P0), P3, P7, postnatal 2 weeks (P2W), P4W, and adults (more than 2 months after birth), respectively. The expression of Olig1 was determined by Western blot and immunostaining. To observe expression of Olig1 in different neural cell types, a double immunohistochemical staining was performed using antibodies against Olig1 with O4, ß-tubulin, glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), and myelin basic protein, respectively.
Results: The expression of Olig1 protein shows a significant level change in rat spinal cord at different developmental time points. Starting with E14.5, the expression gradually increased and peaked at E18.5. Olig1 decreased gradually from P3 and reached its lowest level on P7. However, interestingly, the Olig1 expression increased again from P2W, until adulthood. Olig1 was coexpressed with O4-positive oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) and β-tubulin-positive neurons at all time points during development. Olig1 was also coexpressed transiently with GFAP-positive astrocytes at only E14.5. Olig1 was localized in the cytoplasm of O4- and β-tubulin-positive cells during the period from E14.5 to adult.
Conclusion: The expression of Olig1 in OPCs and neurons at all time points during development and in astrocytes at E14.5 suggests that Olig1 may play an important role in the generation and maturation of specific neural cells during development of spinal cord. Our results contribute to understanding the mechanism underlying developmental regulation of neural cells by Olig1.

Keywords: Olig1, spinal cord, development, neural cells

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