Development of mouse dorsal root ganglia: an autoradiographic and quantitative study

J Neurocytol. 1979 Jun;8(3):265-74. doi: 10.1007/BF01236122.


Pulse labelling with tritiated thymidine was used to determine the cell birthdays of dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons in foetal mice. The peak number of cell birthdays occurred at 11.5 days foetal age in cervical DRGs, and at 12.5 days in lumbar DRGs. The satellite cells were becoming heavily labelled by day 13.5 in lumbar and some hours earlier in cervical regions. A very sharp peak of satellite cell labelling was seen at 13 days in the lumbar region. Evidence for the existence of more than one neuronal cell type is presented. The earliest cells to stop dividing were part of a widely spread distribution which included all the large neurons. The birthdays of the population of small neurons began later and continued for at least 48 h after division of the large cells had ceased.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cell Division
  • Ganglia, Spinal / cytology
  • Ganglia, Spinal / embryology*
  • Gestational Age
  • Mice
  • Neurons / cytology