Programmed cell death in the mouse cochleovestibular ganglion during development

Kazunori Nishizaki, Matti Anniko, Yorihisa Orita, Yu Masuda, Tadashi Yoshino

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Programmed cell death (PCD) is as essential to development as is cell proliferation. Our objective was to elucidate the spatiotemporal occurrence of PCD during the development of the cochleovestibular ganglion. We performed a time-sequence study on the distribution of in situ PCD, apoptosis, during the development of the mouse cochleovestibular ganglion by using the TUNEL method to detect apoptosis histochemically. Apoptosis in the cochleovestibular ganglion was observed from the 11.5th gestational day (GD) to the 18.5th GD. Apoptosis was seen most extensively in the vestibular ganglion cells at the 13.5th GD, while in the spiral ganglion cells apoptosis was maximal between the 15.5th and 16.5th GD. Because these times of peak apoptotic activity almost exactly corresponded to the events of innervation and terminal mitosis of the cochleovestibular ganglion cells, we infer that PCD is involved in the innervation and modulates the number of cochleovestibular ganglion cells overproduced by terminal mitosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267-271
Number of pages5
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998


  • Apoptosis
  • Cochleovestibular ganglion
  • Development
  • Mouse
  • Programmed cell death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology


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