In the postnatal brain, neurogenesis occurs only within a few regions, such as the hippocampal sub-granular zone (SGZ). Postnatal neurogenesis is tightly regulated by factors that balance stem cell renewal with differentiation, and it gives rise to neurons that participate in learning and memory formation (Anacker and Hen, 2017; Bond et al., 2015; Toda et al., 2019). The Kv1.1 channel, a voltage-gated potassium channel, was previously shown to suppress postnatal neurogenesis in the SGZ in a cell-autonomous manner. In this study, we clarified the physiological and molecular mechanisms underlying Kv1.1-dependent postnatal neurogenesis. First, we discovered that the membrane potential of neural progenitor cells is highly dynamic during development. We further established a multinomial logistic regression model for cell type classification based on the biophysical characteristics and corresponding cell markers. We found that loss of Kv1.1 channel activity causes significant depolarization of type 2b neural progenitor cells. This depolarization is associated with increased tropomyosin receptor kinase B (TrkB) signaling and proliferation of neural progenitor cells; suppressing TrkB signaling reduces the extent of postnatal neurogenesis. Thus, our study defines the role of the Kv1.1 potassium channel in regulating the proliferation of postnatal neural progenitor cells in the mouse hippocampus.
Most of our results are presented as scatterplots with the intention to show the distribution of our raw data. The variables for the multinomial logistic regression model (fig 5) can be found in the methods section.
- Shi-Bing Yang
- Shi-Bing Yang
- Lily Yeh Jan
- Yuh Nung Jan
The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Animal experimentation: This study was carried out in strict accordance with the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals of the National Institutes of Health, and used protocol approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of Academia Sinica (protocol#:15-01-813) and the University of California, San Francisco. Mice (3-5 per cage) housed in the animal facility were fed with regular chow diet and subjected to a standard 12-h light/12-h dark cycle. At least 3 animals were used for every single experiment. Mice were first anesthetized with isoflurane followed by decapitation for electrophysiological recordings and immunostaining.
- Moses V Chao, New York University Langone Medical Center, United States
© 2021, Chou et al.
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