Transplantation of cultured premyelinating oligodendrocytes into normal and myelin-deficient rat brain

Dev Neurosci. 1992;14(2):98-104. doi: 10.1159/000111653.


Cultures of oligodendroglial cells at various stages of maturation, from progenitors to maturing oligodendrocytes, were prepared from neonatal rat brain primary cultures and then were prelabeled in the culture dish with the fluorescent dye, fast blue (FB). Single cell suspensions were grafted into normal or myelin-deficient rat brains. The normal as well as the myelin-deficient in vivo environment allowed cell survival, migration, and differentiation. The FB+ cells expressed the oligodendroglial markers, glycerol phosphate dehydrogenase, galactocerebroside, and myelin basic protein. In the normal rat transplanted cells were identifiable at all times studied up to 24 weeks. Extensive migration of FB+ cells was observed in whole-brain sagittal sections. Our results show that the plasticity of oligodendroglia differentiation, extensively studied in vitro, can now be investigated in the normal and myelin-deficient in vivo environment.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain / metabolism
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Cell Line
  • Cell Movement
  • Myelin Proteins / deficiency
  • Myelin Sheath / physiology*
  • Neuronal Plasticity
  • Oligodendroglia / physiology
  • Oligodendroglia / transplantation*
  • Phenotype
  • Rats
  • Reference Values


  • Myelin Proteins