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    The CreER/LoxP system is widely accepted to track neural lineages and study gene functions upon tamoxifen (TAM) administration. We have observed that prenatal TAM treatment caused high rates of delayed delivery and fetal mortality. This substance could produce undesired results, leading to data misinterpretation. Here, we report that administration of TAM during early stages of cortical neurogenesis promoted precocious neural differentiation, while it inhibited neural progenitor cell (NPC) proliferation. The TAM-induced inhibition of NPC proliferation led to deficits in cortical neurogenesis, dendritic morphogenesis, synaptic formation, and cortical patterning in neonatal and postnatal offspring. Mechanistically, by employing single-cell RNA-sequencing (scRNA-seq) analysis combined with in vivo and in vitro assays, we show TAM could exert these drastic effects mainly through dysregulating the Wnt-Dmrta2 signaling pathway. In adult mice, administration of TAM significantly attenuated NPC proliferation in both the subventricular zone and the dentate gyrus. This study revealed the cellular and molecular mechanisms for the adverse effects of TAM on corticogenesis, suggesting that care must be taken when using the TAM-induced CreER/LoxP system for neural lineage tracing and genetic manipulation studies in both embryonic and adult brains.


    Chia-Ming Lee, Liqiang Zhou, Jiping Liu, Jiayu Shi, Yanan Geng, Min Liu, Jiaruo Wang, Xinjie Su, Nicholas Barad, Junbang Wang, Yi Eve Sun, Quan Lin. Single-cell RNA-seq analysis revealed long-lasting adverse effects of tamoxifen on neurogenesis in prenatal and adult brains. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2020 Aug 11;117(32):19578-19589

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