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Electrical activity controls area-specific expression of neuronal apoptosis in the developing mouse cerebral cortex

  1. Oriane Blanquie
  2. Jenq-Wei Yang  Is a corresponding author
  3. Werner Kilb  Is a corresponding author
  4. Salim Sharopov  Is a corresponding author
  5. Anne Sinning  Is a corresponding author
  6. Heiko J Luhmann  Is a corresponding author
  1. University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany
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Cite this article as: eLife 2017;6:e27696 doi: 10.7554/eLife.27696

Abstract

Programmed cell death widely but heterogeneously affects the developing brain, causing the loss of up to 50% of neurons in rodents. However, whether this heterogeneity originates from neuronal identity and/or network-dependent processes is unknown. Here, we report that the primary motor cortex (M1) and primary somatosensory cortex (S1), two adjacent but functionally distinct areas, display striking differences in density of apoptotic neurons during the early postnatal period. These differences in rate of apoptosis negatively correlate with region-dependent levels of activity. Disrupting this activity either pharmacologically or by electrical stimulation alters the spatial pattern of apoptosis and sensory deprivation leads to exacerbated amounts of apoptotic neurons in the corresponding functional area of the neocortex. Thus, our data demonstrate that spontaneous and periphery-driven activity patterns are important for the structural and functional maturation of the neocortex by refining the final number of cortical neurons in a region-dependent manner.

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  1. Oriane Blanquie

    Institute of Physiology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany
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  2. Jenq-Wei Yang

    Institute of Physiology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany
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    yangj@uni-mainz.de
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  3. Werner Kilb

    Institute of Physiology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany
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    wkilb@uni-mainz.de
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  4. Salim Sharopov

    Institute of Physiology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany
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    shsalim@mail.ru
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  5. Anne Sinning

    Institute of Physiology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany
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    asinning@uni-mainz.de
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  6. Heiko J Luhmann

    Institute of Physiology, University Medical Center of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Mainz, Germany
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    luhmann@uni-mainz.de
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German Research Foundation (Collaborative Research Center 1080)

  • Anne Sinning
  • Heiko J Luhmann

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Ethics

Animal experimentation: All experiments were conducted in accordance with National and European (86/609/EEC) laws for the use of animals in research and were approved by the local ethical committee (Landesuntersuchungsamt Rheinland-Pfalz 23.177-07/G 10-1-010).

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  1. John Huguenard, Stanford University School of Medicine, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: April 11, 2017
  2. Accepted: August 18, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: August 21, 2017 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: September 4, 2017 (version 2)

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© 2017, Blanquie et al.

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