Lamellipodia mediate the heterogeneity of central olfactory ensheathing cell interactions

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Windus, Louisa CE
Lineburg, Katie E
Scott, Susan E
Claxton, Christina
Mackay-Sim, Alan
Key, Brian
St John, James A
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2010
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The growth and guidance of primary olfactory axons are partly attributed to the presence of olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs). However, little is understood about the differences between the subpopulations of OECs and what regulates their interactions. We used OEC-axon assays and determined that axons respond differently to peripheral and central OECs. We then further purified OECs from anatomically distinct regions of the olfactory bulb. Cell behaviour assays revealed that OECs from the olfactory bulb were a functionally heterogeneous population with distinct differences which is consistent with their proposed roles in vivo. We found that the heterogeneity was regulated by motile lamellipodial waves along the shaft of the OECs and that inhibition of lamellipodial wave activity via Mek1 abolished the ability of the cells to distinguish between each other. These results demonstrate that OECs from the olfactory bulb are a heterogeneous population that use lamellipodial waves to regulate cell-cell recognition.

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Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences

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67

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10

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Biochemistry and cell biology

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Cellular nervous system

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