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    ABSTRACT: A polyclonal antiserum raised against the carboxy-terminal 17 amino acids of the rat p185c-neu (anct) reacted with a 140 kDa polypeptide in membranes of synaptosome fractions from neocortex and hippocampus of 11-day-old and adult rats. The same antiserum reacted with a 185 kDa polypeptide in microsome membranes from rat pheochromocytoma cells (PC12). By light microscopic immunocytochemistry, the anct antibodies against the 140 kDa protein were localized in the neuropile of brain, cerebellum and spinal cord of 11-day-old and adult rats. Especially prominent staining was obtained in the CA2-CA3 zones of the hippocampus, and in the substantia gelatinosa in the spinal cord. The finely granular and diffuse pattern of the immunostain was consistent with synaptic localizations. Interestingly, antibodies against the entire endodomain of p185c-neu (a-Bacneu) were localized in granular structures, probably representing axo-somatic and axo-dendritic synapses, on a subset of pyramidal neurons of the CA3 zone. By immunoelectron terminals in the giant mossy fiber type in the CA3 and CA4 regions. The immunolocalization of the anct antibodies was restricted in segments of the presynaptic membrane facing the synaptic cleft which include the active zone. The identify and function of the 140 kDa membrane protein of rat brain presynaptic terminals, detected by the anct antibodies, is unknown. The 140 kDa protein may be related to p185c-neu, a tyrosine kinase, or to other known or unknown kinases.
    Brain Research 12/1995; 700(1-2):261-70. · 2.83 Impact Factor
  • Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 02/1995; 380:103-4. · 2.01 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The Golgi apparatus (complex) is at the center stage of important functions of processing and transport of plasma membrane, lysosomal, and secreted proteins. The involvement of the Golgi apparatus in the pathogenesis of chronic degenerative diseases of neurons is virtually unknown. In the present study, fragmentation and atrophy of the Golgi apparatus of motor neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), has been detected with organelle specific antibodies. Approximately 30% of motor neurons in five ALS patients showed a fragmented Golgi apparatus whereas only about 1% of motor neurons from seven controls with neurologic or systemic disease showed a similar change. Morphometric studies are consistent with the hypothesis that the alteration of the Golgi apparatus is an early event in the pathogenesis of the neuronal degeneration in ALS. Immunocytochemical studies with antibodies against alpha tubulin, tau, and phosphorylated subunits of neurofilament polypeptides did not disclose differences in the staining of neurons with fragmented or normal Golgi apparatus, suggesting that the alteration of the organelle is not secondary to a gross lesion of the cytoskeleton. However, these observations do not rule out the hypothesis that the fragmentation of the Golgi apparatus is secondary to subtle changes of the polypeptides involved in the attachment of membranes of the organelle to the cytoskeleton.
    American Journal Of Pathology 04/1992; 140(3):731-7. · 4.60 Impact Factor