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Еxpression of Transcriptional Factor SOX2 in Populations of Cortical Progenitors in Human Fetal Telencephalon

Meglena Angelova, Vanya Goranova, Dessislava Marinova, Stoyan Pavlov, Vesselina Mihaleva, Tetsumori Yamashima, Anton Tonchev


Cerebral cortex оf mammals is mainly generated during the embryonic period by stem cells and their derivative progenitors in the palium of the developing telencephalon. Various genes in complex interactions are involved in the processes of differentiation of the cerebral neurons. Transcriotional factor Sox2 plays a key role for self renewing and sustaining multipotency of embryonic neural stem/progenitor cells. Data about the expression and function of Sox2 in human fetal brain are insufficient and controversial.
In the present sudy tissue samples of spontaneously aborted human fetuses aged between 12th to 28th gestational weeks (g. w.) were examined by a standard histological and immunohistochemical technique for paraffin sections. Sox2 expression was followed in the zones of cellular proliferation and migration in the occipital lobe of human fetal telencephalon mainly during 17th g. w. Within ventricular and outer subventricular zones we detected similar amount approximately 45% Sox2+ cells, whereas in the intermediate zone, cortical plate and marginal zone expression of Sox2 was not found.
The data obtained on the location and expression dynamics of Sox2 contribute to a more complete understanding of neural stem/progenitor cell biology during embryonic neurogenesis in the human cerebral cortex.


Sox2; cortical progenitors; fetal telencephalon; human

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