Orchestrating transcriptional control of adult neurogenesis

Jenny Hsieh

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Stem cells have captured our imagination and generated hope, representing a source of replacement cells to treat a host of medical conditions. Tucked away in specialized niches, stem cells maintain tissue function and rejuvenate organs. Balancing the equation between cellular supply and demand is especially important in the adult brain, as neural stem cells (NSCs) in two discrete regions, the subgranular zone (SGZ) of the dentate gyrus and the subventricular zone (SVZ) next to the lateral ventricles, continuously self-renew and differentiate into neurons in a process called adult neurogenesis. Through the interplay of intrinsic and extrinsic factors, adult neurogenic niches ensure neuronal turnover throughout life, contributing to plasticity and homeostatic processes in the brain. This review summarizes recent progress on the molecular control of adult neurogenesis in the SGZ and SVZ, focusing on the role of specific transcription factors that mediate the progression from NSCs to lineagecommitted progenitors and, ultimately, the generation of mature neurons and glia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1010-1021
Number of pages12
JournalGenes and Development
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 15 2012


  • Adult neural stem cells
  • Differentiation
  • Hippocampus
  • Niche
  • Reprogramming
  • Self-renewal
  • Subventricular zone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Developmental Biology


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