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Neuronal integration in the adult mouse olfactory bulb is a non-selective addition process

  1. Jean-Claude Platel  Is a corresponding author
  2. Alexandra Angelova
  3. Stephane Bugeon
  4. Jenelle Wallace
  5. Thibault Ganay
  6. Ilona Chudotvorova
  7. Jean-Christophe Deloulme
  8. Christophe Beclin
  9. Marie-Catherine Tiveron
  10. Nathalie Coré
  11. Venkatesh N Murthy
  12. Harold Cremer
  1. Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, France
  2. Harvard University, United States
  3. Université Grenoble Alpes, France
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e44830 doi: 10.7554/eLife.44830

Abstract

Adult neurogenesis in the olfactory bulb (OB) is considered as a competition in which neurons scramble during a critical selection period for integration and survival. Moreover, newborn neurons are thought to replace pre-existing ones that die. Despite indirect evidence supporting this model, systematic in vivo observations are still scarce. We used 2-photon in vivo imaging to study neuronal integration and survival. We show that loss of new neurons in the OB after arrival at terminal positions occurs only at low levels. Moreover, long-term observations showed that no substantial cell death occurred at later stages. Neuronal death was induced by standard doses of thymidine analogs, but disappeared when low doses were used. Finally, we demonstrate that the OB grows throughout life. This shows that neuronal selection during OB-neurogenesis does not occur after neurons reached stable positions. Moreover, this suggests that OB neurogenesis does not represent neuronal turnover but lifelong neuronal addition.

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  1. Jean-Claude Platel

    IBDM, UMR 7288, Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, Marseille, France
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  2. Alexandra Angelova

    IBDM, Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille, Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, Marseille, France
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  3. Stephane Bugeon

    IBDM, UMR 7288, Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, Marseille, France
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  4. Jenelle Wallace

    Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
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  5. Thibault Ganay

    IBDM, UMR 7288, Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, Marseille, France
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  6. Ilona Chudotvorova

    IBDM, UMR 7288, Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, Marseille, France
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  7. Jean-Christophe Deloulme

    Grenoble Institut des Neurosciences, Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France
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  8. Christophe Beclin

    IBDM, Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille, Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, Marseille, France
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  9. Marie-Catherine Tiveron

    IBDM, UMR 7288, Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, Marseille, France
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  10. Nathalie Coré

    IBDM, Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille, Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, Marseille, France
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  11. Venkatesh N Murthy

    Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, United States
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0003-2443-4252
  12. Harold Cremer

    IBDM, Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille, Aix-Marseille University, CNRS, Marseille, France
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Funding

Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR-13-BSV4-0013)

  • Harold Cremer

Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (ING20150532361)

  • Harold Cremer

Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FDT20160435597)

  • Harold Cremer

Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale (FTD20170437248)

  • Alexandra Angelova

Fondation de France (FDF70959)

  • Harold Cremer

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 mice were treated according to protocols approved by the French Ethical Committee (#5223-2016042717181477v2).

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  1. Gary L Westbrook, Oregon Health and Science University, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: January 2, 2019
  2. Accepted: July 7, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: July 11, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: July 16, 2019 (version 2)

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© 2019, Platel et al.

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