Progressive restriction of cell fates in relation to neuroepithelial cell mingling in the mouse cerebellum

Dev Biol. 2003 Jun 1;258(1):20-31. doi: 10.1016/s0012-1606(03)00098-8.


Neurogenesis in the cerebellum proceeds through a temporal series of cell production from two separate epithelia, the ventricular zone (VZ) and the external granule cell layer (EGL). Using the laacZ cell lineage tracer in transgenic mice, we describe cellular clones whose dates of birth span the entire period of cerebellar development and deduce a sequence of cell dispersion leading to the final allocation of cells in the cerebellum. Clones probably labeled early during neural tube formation show that individual progenitors can give rise to all cerebellar cell types. The distribution of clonally related granule cells in these clones indicates a mediolateral organization of EGL progenitors already established before the allocation of the EGL progenitors to the cerebellum. Clones restricted to the cerebellar VZ show that the VZ derives progenitors for deep nuclei and multipotent cortical progenitors, which lose their systematic lineage relationship when longitudinal cell intermingling in the cerebellar VZ becomes more limited. The small clones also show that cell dispersion is radial in the internal granule layer and tangential in the molecular layer. Together, the data demonstrate the broad maintenance of the relative order of cells from neural tube stages to the adult cerebellum.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Biomarkers / analysis
  • Cell Differentiation
  • Cell Lineage
  • Cell Movement
  • Cerebellum / cytology
  • Cerebellum / embryology*
  • Cerebellum / physiology
  • Cerebral Ventricles / cytology
  • Cerebral Ventricles / embryology
  • Cerebral Ventricles / physiology
  • Clone Cells / cytology
  • Clone Cells / enzymology
  • Genes, Reporter
  • Lac Operon
  • Mice
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Neurons / cytology
  • Neurons / enzymology
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Purkinje Cells / cytology
  • Purkinje Cells / physiology
  • Stem Cells / cytology
  • Stem Cells / physiology
  • Transgenes
  • beta-Galactosidase / analysis


  • Biomarkers
  • beta-Galactosidase