• cell adhesion;
  • diencephalon;
  • mouse;
  • rhombomeres


A subpopulation of radial glial cells has been identified in the mouse prosencephalon during the second half of embryonic development. This subpopulation, specified by the putative cell adhesion molecule CD15 (Lex, FAL), is arranged in a segmented pattern within the telencephalon and diencephalon. Glial processes, spanning the prosencephalic wall, first appear at E10.5 and remain clearly visible until E19, when staining of discrete nuclei begins to appear. Registration of the correspondence between ventricular and pial surfaces, however, is still possible due to the persistence of individual CD15-positive fibres. These can be traced even when the initial simple linear (radial) orientation between ventricular and pial surfaces becomes complicated and distorted. After birth, CD15 immunoreactivity is distributed in a mosaic pattern in the forebrain. Because radial glial cells provide a scaffolding system for postmitotic neurones, the pattern of CD15-positive fibres in the embryonic prosencephalon may also demarcate future discrete regions of the postnatal brain.