Neurotoxicity Research

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 341–352 | Cite as

Injury-Induced Neurogenesis: Consideration of Resident Microglia as Supportive of Neural Progenitor Cells

  • Christopher A. McPherson
  • Andrew D. Kraft
  • G. Jean Harry


The induction of neurogenesis in the adult subgranular zone (SGZ) by injury is often accompanied by changes in the extracellular environment that can have significant impacts on neural progenitor cells (NPCs). We examined the induction of neurogenesis in the SGZ at 72 h following an injection of the hippocampal toxicant, trimethyltin (TMT; 2 mg/kg, ip) inducing apoptosis in dentate granule neurons. BrdU+ incorporation during the active period of neuronal death indicated NPC proliferation and migration of newly generated cells into the granule cell layer (GCL). BrdU+ cells were transiently in contact with process bearing microglia within the inner SGZ layer. Contact with GFAP+ astrocyte processes occurred once cells were within the GCL. A small percentage of the BrdU+ cells within the SGZ region showed immunoreactivity for tumor necrosis factor (TNF) p75 receptor (TNFp75R). In mice deficient for TNFp75R, TMT injection produced an equivalent level of dentate granule cell death however; BrdU+ cells were localized at the SGZ as compared to the presence of cells within the GCL in the WT mice dosed with TMT. These data suggest that cells generated by NPCs in the SGZ induced with a focal lesion to the dentate granule neurons of adolescent mice maintain the capacity to utilize the neuroinflammation and microglia responses within their environment for migration into the GCL.


Microglia Neural progenitor cell Subgranular zone Inflammation Neurogenesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher A. McPherson
    • 1
  • Andrew D. Kraft
    • 1
  • G. Jean Harry
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurotoxicology Group, Laboratory of Molecular ToxicologyNational Institute of Environmental Health Science, National Institutes of HealthResearch Triangle ParkUSA

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