Myelinated nerve fibres isolated from Wistar rats chronically exposed to 2,5-hexanedione (0.8 ml/kg/day, intraperitoneally) over a period of 20 days, were stained with lectin-horseradish peroxidase conjugates. The lectins with high affinity for terminal D-galactopyranosyl residues, Bandeiraea simplicifolia-B4 (BSA I-B4) and peanut agglutinin (PNA), showed glycoconjugates in the control nodes of Ranvier. In the treated animals, application of PNA-HRP caused weak reactivity to the node of Ranvier; digestion with sialidase prior to the application of PNA-HRP conjugate enhanced reactivity, thus revealing the presence of a sialoglycoprotein. The results indicate that glycoconjugates of the Ranvier node undergo a rearrangement during exposure to 2,5-hexanedione. In particular, neutral glycoproteins with terminal galactose are replaced by sialoglycoproteins. These findings are consistent with the proposed role of polysialic acid as a regulator of axonal behaviour during regeneration.
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|Titolo:||Up-regulation of polysialic acid in peripheral myelinated axons of rat chronically exposed to 2,5-hexanedione|
|Data di pubblicazione:||1993|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|