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Clusters of secretagogin-expressing neurons in the aged human olfactory tract lack terminal differentiation
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2012 (English)In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 109, no 16, 6259-6264 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Expanding the repertoire of molecularly diverse neurons in the human nervous system is paramount to characterizing the neuronal networks that underpin sensory processing. Defining neuronal identities is particularly timely in the human olfactory system, whose structural differences from nonprimate macrosmatic species have recently gained momentum. Here, we identify clusters of bipolar neurons in a previously unknown outer "shell" domain of the human olfactory tract, which express secretagogin, a cytosolic Ca2+ binding protein. These "shell" neurons are wired into the olfactory circuitry because they can receive mixed synaptic inputs. Unexpectedly, secretagogin is often coexpressed with polysialylated-neural cell adhesion molecule, beta-III-tubulin, and calretinin, suggesting that these neurons represent a cell pool that might have escaped terminal differentiation into the olfactory circuitry. We hypothesized that secretagogin-containing "shell" cells may be eliminated from the olfactory axis under neurodegenerative conditions. Indeed, the density, but not the morphological or neurochemical integrity, of secretagogin-positive neurons selectively decreases in the olfactory tract in Alzheimer's disease. In conclusion, secretagogin identifies a previously undescribed cell pool whose cytoarchitectonic arrangements and synaptic connectivity are poised to modulate olfactory processing in humans.

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2012. Vol. 109, no 16, 6259-6264 p.
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calcium signaling, neurodegeneration, neurogenesis, relay circuit, tau
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-95097DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1203843109ISI: 000303246100071ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84859992578OAI: diva2:526848
EU, European Research Council, HEALTH-F2-2007-201159Swedish Research Council
QC 20120515Available from: 2012-05-15 Created: 2012-05-14 Last updated: 2012-05-15Bibliographically approved

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