Proliferative activity in the cerebellar external granular layer evaluated by bromodeoxyuridine labeling

J. P. Hervás, J. Martí-Clúa, A. Muñoz-García, M. C. Santa-Cruz

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We have optimised an indirect immunoperoxidase technique demonstrating bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) incorporation into dividing cells for cerebellar tissue sections of four-day-old rats injected with this marker. This permits confident identification of granule-cell precursors engaged in DNA synthesis in the external granular layer of the developing cerebellum. Preservation of BrdU immunoreactivity is attained using methanol/acetic acid fixation and different pretreatments before immunostaining, while unlabeled nuclei can be recognized clearly after Feulgen or hematoxylin counterstaining. We established conditions to ensure satisfactory BrdU uptake without affecting cell-cycle progression during the postlabeling time period. The dose of BrdU employed provides saturation S-phase labeling from at least 1 h after BrdU delivery. Various kinetic parameters and phase durations have been determined in experiments involving a single injection or cumulative labeling sequences, and the cycle time was calculated based on two models of generative behavior: steady-state and exponential growth. The working hypothesis of steady-state kinetics can be adopted successfully if the existence of neuroblasts with different proliferation rates is taken into account.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)27-35
JournalBiotechnic and Histochemistry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002


  • Bromodeoxyuridine
  • Cell proliferation
  • Cerebellum
  • Granule-cell precursors
  • Growth kinetics
  • Immunoperoxidase
  • Neuroblasts


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