Author(s): Ahn JI, Lee KH, Shin DM, Shim JW, Lee JS,
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Abstract Neurogenesis is one of the most complex events in embryonic development. However, little information is available regarding the molecular events that occur during neurogenesis. To identify regulatory genes and underlying mechanisms involved in the differentiation of embryonic stem (ES) cells to neurons, gene expression profiling was performed using cDNA microarrays. In mouse ES cells, we compared the gene expression of each differentiated cell stage using a five-stage lineage selection method. Of 10,368 genes, 1633 (16\%) known regulatory genes were differentially expressed at least 2-fold or greater at one or more stages. At stage 3, during which ES cells differentiate into neural stem cells, modulation of nearly 1000 genes was observed. Most of transcription factors (Otx2, Ebf-3, Ptx3, Sox4, 13, 18, engrailed, Irx2, Pax8, and Lim3), signaling molecules (Wnt, TGF, and Shh family members), and extracellular matrix/adhesion molecules (collagens, MAPs, and NCAM) were up-regulated. However, some genes which may play important roles in maintaining the pluripotency of ES cells (Kruppel-like factor 2, 4, 5, 9, myeloblast oncogene like2, ZFP 57, and Esg-1) were down-regulated. The many genes identified with this approach that are modulated during neurogenesis will facilitate studies of the mechanisms underlying ES cell differentiation, neural induction, and neurogenesis.
This article was published in Dev Biol
and referenced in Journal of Microbial & Biochemical Technology