Interaction between Reelin and Notch signaling regulates neuronal migration in the cerebral cortex.

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Body-Patterning, COS-Cells, Cell-Adhesion-Molecules-Neuronal, Cell-Differentiation, Cell-Movement, Cell-Shape, Cercopithecus-aethiops, Cerebral-Cortex, Extracellular-Matrix-Proteins, Gene-Expression-Regulation-Developmental, Mice-Knockout, Mice-Neurologic-Mutants, Nerve-Tissue-Proteins, Neurons, Protein-Structure-Tertiary, Receptor-Notch1, Serine-Endopeptidases, Signal-Transduction

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Neuron 2008 Oct; 60(2):273-84.


Neuronal migration is a fundamental component of brain development whose failure is associated with various neurological and psychiatric disorders. Reelin is essential for the stereotypical inside-out sequential lamination of the neocortex, but the molecular mechanisms of its action still remain unclear. Here we show that regulation of Notch activity plays an important part in Reelin-signal-dependent neuronal migration. We found that Reelin-deficient mice have reduced levels of the cleaved form of Notch intracellular domain (Notch ICD) and that loss of Notch signaling in migrating neurons results in migration and morphology defects. Further, overexpression of Notch ICD mitigates the laminar and morphological abnormalities of migrating neurons in Reeler. Finally, our in vitro biochemical studies show that Reelin signaling inhibits Notch ICD degradation via Dab1. Together, our results indicate that neuronal migration in the developing cerebral cortex requires a Reelin-Notch interaction.