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Heterogenic final cell cycle by chicken retinal Lim1 horizontal progenitor cells leads to heteroploid cells with a remaining replicated genome.

TitleHeterogenic final cell cycle by chicken retinal Lim1 horizontal progenitor cells leads to heteroploid cells with a remaining replicated genome.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsFard, SShirazi, Jarrin, M, Boije, H, Fillon, V, All-Eriksson, C, Hallböök, F
JournalPLoS One
Date Published2013
KeywordsAnimals, CDC2 Protein Kinase, cdc25 Phosphatases, Cell Cycle, Cell Nucleus, Chick Embryo, Chromosomes, Cyclin B1, Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor p27, DNA Replication, Female, Gene Expression, Genome, Homeodomain Proteins, LIM-Homeodomain Proteins, Male, Mitosis, Ploidies, Retina, Retinal Horizontal Cells, Retinoblastoma Protein, S Phase, Stem Cells, Tumor Suppressor Proteins

Retinal progenitor cells undergo apical mitoses during the process of interkinetic nuclear migration and newly generated post-mitotic neurons migrate to their prospective retinal layer. Whereas this is valid for most types of retinal neurons, chicken horizontal cells are generated by delayed non-apical mitoses from dedicated progenitors. The regulation of such final cell cycle is not well understood and we have studied how Lim1 expressing horizontal progenitor cells (HPCs) exit the cell cycle. We have used markers for S- and G2/M-phase in combination with markers for cell cycle regulators Rb1, cyclin B1, cdc25C and p27Kip1 to characterise the final cell cycle of HPCs. The results show that Lim1+ HPCs are heterogenic with regards to when and during what phase they leave the final cell cycle. Not all horizontal cells were generated by a non-apical (basal) mitosis; instead, the HPCs exhibited three different behaviours during the final cell cycle. Thirty-five percent of the Lim1+ horizontal cells was estimated to be generated by non-apical mitoses. The other horizontal cells were either generated by an interkinetic nuclear migration with an apical mitosis or by a cell cycle with an S-phase that was not followed by any mitosis. Such cells remain with replicated DNA and may be regarded as somatic heteroploids. The observed heterogeneity of the final cell cycle was also seen in the expression of Rb1, cyclin B1, cdc25C and p27Kip1. Phosphorylated Rb1-Ser608 was restricted to the Lim1+ cells that entered S-phase while cyclin B1 and cdc25C were exclusively expressed in HPCs having a basal mitosis. Only HPCs that leave the cell cycle after an apical mitosis expressed p27Kip1. We speculate that the cell cycle heterogeneity with formation of heteroploid cells may present a cellular context that contributes to the suggested propensity of these cells to generate cancer when the retinoblastoma gene is mutated.

Alternate JournalPLoS ONE
PubMed ID23527113
PubMed Central IDPMC3602602