Hypomyelination and cognitive impairment in mice lacking CD133 (Prominin-1)

Mi Hyun Choi, Ji Eun Na, Ye Ran Yoon, Im Joo Rhyu, Young Gyu Ko, Ja Hyun Baik

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The CD133 antigen, also known as prominin-1, is a glycoprotein that specifically localizes to plasma membrane protrusions. The precise function of CD133 remains unknown, but it is expressed in various progenitor cells including those derived from the neural and hematopoietic system, as well as different tissues. In the adult mouse brain, CD133 is highly expressed in white matter. Here, we performed immunohistochemical staining and electron microscopy to demonstrate that mice lacking CD133 (CD133−/−) exhibit decreased myelin in the corpus callosum, the largest white matter tract in the brain. Hypomyelination in CD133−/− mice was associated with fewer oligodendrocyte progenitor cells and mature oligodendrocytes. Behavioral analyses revealed that significantly impaired object recognition memory and altered Y-maze performance by CD133−/− mice compared with wild-type mice, suggesting perturbed cognitive performance. These results suggest that CD133 regulates myelination and understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms may guide the development of novel therapeutic strategies for diseases characterized by myelin deficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)291-298
Number of pages8
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 20

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank the Gyerim Experimental Animal Resource Center staff for animal care and technical assistance. This study was supported by the grants from the Science Research Center ( 2015R1A5A1009024 ) and the Korea Mouse Phenotyping Project (Grant no: 2016M3A9D5A01952412 ) of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, Future Planning of the Republic of Korea and by a Korea University grant.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Elsevier Inc.


  • CD133
  • Myelin
  • Oligodendrocyte
  • Prominin-1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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