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In vivo reprogramming of circuit connectivity in postmitotic neocortical neurons.
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PMID:  23292682     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The molecular mechanisms that control how progenitors generate distinct subtypes of neurons, and how undifferentiated neurons acquire their specific identity during corticogenesis, are increasingly understood. However, whether postmitotic neurons can change their identity at late stages of differentiation remains unknown. To study this question, we developed an electrochemical in vivo gene delivery method to rapidly manipulate gene expression specifically in postmitotic neurons. Using this approach, we found that the molecular identity, morphology, physiology and functional input-output connectivity of layer 4 mouse spiny neurons could be specifically reprogrammed during the first postnatal week by ectopic expression of the layer 5B output neuron-specific transcription factor Fezf2. These findings reveal a high degree of plasticity in the identity of postmitotic neocortical neurons and provide a proof of principle for postnatal re-engineering of specific neural microcircuits in vivo.
Andres De la Rossa; Camilla Bellone; Bruno Golding; Ilaria Vitali; Jonathan Moss; Nicolas Toni; Christian Lüscher; Denis Jabaudon
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-06
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Title:  Nature neuroscience     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1546-1726     ISO Abbreviation:  Nat. Neurosci.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9809671     Medline TA:  Nat Neurosci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1] Department of Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. [2].
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