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Dissecting spinal cord ependymal cell heterogeneity by single-cell transcriptomics

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EC-Contrib. €






Project "ECtomics" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Nethergate
city: DUNDEE
postcode: DD1 4HN

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-04-01   to  2019-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE UK (DUNDEE) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

Cells with stem cell potential, this is with the ability to self-renew and generate specialised progeny, exist in the adult mammalian spinal cord. Previous studies localised this potential within the ependymal cell (EC) population. However, ECs are rather heterogeneous based on their morphological features and the expression of a handful of neural stem cell markers. In this interdisciplinary research proposal, I aim to uncover the cellular and molecular heterogeneity of ECs at the level of individual cells. I propose to take advantage of cutting-edge single-cell RNA-sequencing technology to obtain the transcriptomes of individual ECs from the spinal cord of adult mice. Using advanced computational methods, I will establish EC types and states and use pseudotemporal ordering to elucidate potential lineage relationships among ECs. I will then validate these findings in the tissue context, using high-resolution confocal microscopy. This first comprehensive characterisation of spinal cord ECs will provide novel and fundamental insights into how ECs possess and maintain their unique self-renewing properties. In the future, this will facilitate realisation of the potential of spinal cord stem cells for therapeutic purposes.

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