© 2015 Elsevier Ltd. As exogenous markers of DNA synthesis, 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) and tritiated thymidine ([3H]TdR) have revolutionized our ability to identify proliferating neuroblasts and follow their fate during the development of the central nervous system. The effect of the incorporation of these molecules into DNA on cell proliferation, migration and differentiation is frequently neglected (Duque and Rakic, 2011. J. Neurosci. 31, 15205-15217). By a progressively delayed cumulative labeling method, the current paper analyzes the development of the cerebellum in mice exposed to either BrdU or [3H]TdR as embryos and collected at postnatal day 90. We observed that, in comparison to the saline group, several parameters of the cerebellum such as length of the cerebellar cortex, the area of the molecular layer, Purkinje cell (PCs) number, the areas of the cerebellar nuclei, and the number of the deep cerebellar nuclei (DCN) neurons were lower in the BrdU injected group. No consequence of [3H]TdR administration was observed. On the other hand, we also studied whether immunohistochemical methods, including BrdU antibodies from different vendors (Sigma and Dako), partial DNA denaturation procedures and trypsin pretreatments, alter the neurogenetic timetables of PC and DCN neurons that resulted from analysis of these tissue specimens. Our analysis revealed that the generative programs of these macroneurons were unrelated to differences in the sensibility of BrdU antibodies but were dependent on the partial denaturation of DNA and trypsin digestion protocols. Finally, we also compare the generation and spatial distribution of PC and DCN neurons in mice exposed to either BrdU or [3H]TdR to assess whether the results obtained by these two markers are quantitatively similar. The data presented here show that systematic differences exist in the pattern of neurogenesis and the spatial location of cerebellar neurons between mice injected with BrdU or [3H]TdR. These findings have implications for the interpretation of results obtained by both exogenous makers as an index of the production, migration and settling of neurons in the developing central nervous system.
|Journal||International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience|
|Issue number||Pt B|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2015|
- BrdU immunohistochemistry
- Timetables of neurogenesis
- [ H]thymidine autoradiography 3