Immunocytological localization of cell adhesion molecules L1 and N-CAM and the shared carbohydrate epitope L2 during development of the mouse neocortex

Shinji Fushiki, Melitta Schachner

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Abstract

The expression of the two adhesion molecules L1 and N-CAM and their shared carbohydrate epitope recognized by monoclonal antibody L2, was studied during development of the embryonic mouse neocortex by immunohistology at light- and electron-microscopic levels between embryonic days 9 and 18. Throughout this time period N-CAM is expressed in all layers of the telencephalic anlage. L1 antigen shows a more restricted expression than N-CAM. It is not detectable at day 9. From day 10 onward it is expressed on young neurons in the marginal zone, but not in the ventricular layer. At embryonic day 13 L1 antigen appears also in the intermediate zone on afferent fibers from subcortical structures and on migrating neurons. Neuronal cell bodies in the cortical plate and subplate express L1 antigen only transiently on embryonic days 13-16. These observations suggest that L1 antigen does not play a prominent role in the initiation of neuronal migration in the ventricular zone, but could be functional during later stages of migration and in the aggregation of neuronal cell bodies at their final position in the cortical plate. The L2 epitope also shows a more restricted expression than N-CAM during the time period studied. Similar to L1 antigen, it first appears at embryonic day 10 in the marginal zone and remains undetectable in the ventricular layer also at later stages. In the marginal zone the L2 epitope is strongly expressed on neuroepithelial endfeet at the basal lamina. The basal lamina itself is L2 epitope-negative. From embryonic day 10 onward the L2 epitope is most strongly expressed in the marginal zone and subplate and more weakly in the cortical plate and intermediate zone. In the subplate it is not only associated with the surface membrane, but also with the extracellular matrix. These observations support previous biochemical data which show that the L2 epitope is not present on all N-CAM molecules of the embryonic or adult forms and suggest that the independent regulation or L2 epitope expression may have functional implications during development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-167
Number of pages15
JournalDevelopmental Brain Research
Volume24
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Developmental Biology

Keywords

  • L1 antigen
  • L2 epitope
  • N-CAM
  • cell adhesion molecule
  • development
  • immunocytology
  • mouse
  • neocortex

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