CD15 immunoreactivity in the developing brain of a marsupial, the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii)
Source: Anatomy and Embryology, Volume 209, Number 2, December 2004 , pp. 157-168(12)
Abstract:We have studied the distribution of the CD15 epitope in the developing brain of an Australian diprotodontid metatherian mammal, the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii), using immunohistochemistry in conjunction with hematoxylin and eosin staining. At the time of birth (28 days after conception), CD15 immunoreactivity labeled somata in the primordial plexiform layer of the parietal cortex in a similar position to that seen in the early fetal eutherian brain. CD15 immunoreactivity in the brain of the developing pouch-young wallaby was found to be localized on the surface of radial glia at boundaries between developmentally significant forebrain compartments in a similar distribution to that seen in developing eutherian brain. These were best seen in the developing diencephalon, delineating epithalamus, ventral and dorsal thalamus and hypothalamic anlage, and in the striatum. Immunoreactivity for CD15 identified radial glia marking the lateral migratory stream at the striatopallial boundary, peaking in intensity at P19 to P25. From P37 to P54, CD15 immunoreactivity also demarcated patch compartments in the developing striatum. In contrast, CD15 immunoreactivity in hindbrain structures showed some differences from the temporospatial pattern seen in eutherian brain. These may reflect the relatively early brainstem maturation required for the newborn wallaby to be able to traverse the distance from the maternal genital tract to the pouch. The wallaby provides a convenient model for testing hypotheses concerning the role of CD15 in forebrain development because all events in which CD15 may play a critical role in forebrain morphogenesis occur during pouch life, when the young wallaby is accessible to experimental manipulation.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Department of Anatomy, School of Medical Sciences, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, 2052, New South Wales, Australia, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2: Department of Neuroanatomy, H.-Heine University of Düsseldorf, 40001, Düsseldorf, Germany, 3: Department of Anatomy, University of Rostock, Gertrudenstrasse 9, 18055, Rostock, Germany,
Publication date: 2004-12-01