Radial glial cells in the adult dentate gyrus: what are they and where do they come from?

F1000Res. 2018 Mar 5;7:277. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.12684.1. eCollection 2018.


Adult neurogenesis occurs in the dentate gyrus in the mammalian hippocampus. These new neurons arise from neural precursor cells named radial glia-like cells, which are situated in the subgranular zone of the dentate gyrus. Here, we review the emerging topic of precursor heterogeneity in the adult subgranular zone. We also discuss how this heterogeneity may be established during development and focus on the embryonic origin of the dentate gyrus and radial glia-like stem cells. Finally, we discuss recently developed single-cell techniques, which we believe will be critical to comprehensively investigate adult neural stem cell origin and heterogeneity.

Keywords: dentate gyrus; radial glial cells; stem cell heterogeneity.

Publication types

  • Review