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GSE84098: Zeb2 is Essential for Bergmann Glial Development and Cerebellar Organization

Bulk RNA sequencing

Cerebellar circuitry is critical for balance and motor control among a wide array of functions and largely consists of granule and Purkinje neurons. Bergmann glia in the cerebellum form distinct morphological structures that facilitate granule neuron migration during development and that maintain the cerebellar organization and functional integrity. At present, molecular control of the formation and morphogenesis of Bergmann glia remains obscure. In this study, we found that Zeb2 (a.k.a. Sip1 or Zfhx1b), a Mowat-Wilson syndrome-associated transcriptional regulator, is highly restricted to Bergmann glia and is essential for their development and maturation. The mice with Zeb2 ablation in the cerebellar neural progenitor exhibit dysgenesis of cerebellar cortical lamination and locomotion defects. Deletion of Zeb2 markedly reduced Bergmann glial proliferation, differentiation and the establishment of the normal radial scaffold, disrupting migration of granule cell progenitors from external to internal granular layers. Transcriptome profiling indicated that Zeb2 regulates multiple pathways including FGF and Notch signaling as well as axonal guidance cues including Netrin G2 and Gdf10 to control Bergmann glial development. Our data reveal that Zeb2 acts as a transcriptional integrator of diverse signaling pathways to regulate the formation and morphogenesis of Bergmann glia ensuring maintenance of cerebellar integrity, suggesting that Zeb2 dysfunction in Bergmann glia might contribute to motor deficits in Mowat-Wilson syndrome. SOURCE: Richard LuLu Lab,T6.525 Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

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