Vertebrate neural progenitor cells: subtypes and regulation

Curr Opin Neurobiol. 1996 Feb;6(1):11-7. doi: 10.1016/s0959-4388(96)80003-1.


Several advances have been made recently in characterizing neural progenitor cells. In vertebrates, multipotential stem cells have been demonstrated in the developing forebrain both in vitro and in vivo, and a class of stem cells has been identified in the adult CNS. Factors that regulate the proliferation and differentiation of subtypes of neural progenitor cells have also been described. In invertebrates, progress has been made in identifying genes involved in neural progenitor cell specification, cell-fate choices and regulation.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Models, Neurological
  • Neurons / physiology*
  • Stem Cells / physiology*
  • Vertebrates / growth & development*