Journal of Neurocytology

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 413–424

Immunocytochemistry of B-50 (GAP-43) in the spinal cord and in dorsal root ganglia of the adult cat

  • W. Nacimiento
  • R. Töpper
  • A. Fischer
  • A. B. Obstreicher
  • A. C. Nacimiento
  • W. H. Gispen
  • J. Noth
  • G. W. Kreutzberg
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01181562

Cite this article as:
Nacimiento, W., Töpper, R., Fischer, A. et al. J Neurocytol (1993) 22: 413. doi:10.1007/BF01181562

Summary

The distribution of the neural-specific growth associated protein B-50 (GAP-43), which persists in the mature spinal cord and dorsal root ganglia, has been studied by light and electron microscopic immunohistochemistry in the cat. Throughout the spinal cord, B-50 immunoreactivity was seen confined to the neuropil, whereas neuronal cell bodies were unreactive. The most conspicuous immunostaining was observed in the dorsal horn, where it gradually decreased from superficial laminae (I–II) toward more ventral laminae (III–V), and in the central portion of the intermediate gray (mainly lamina X). In these regions, the labelling was localized within unmyelinated, small diameter nerve fibres and axon terminals. In the rest of the intermediate zone (laminae VI–VIII), B-50 immunoreactivity was virtually absent. The intermediolateral nucleus in the thoracic and cranial lumbar cord showed a circumscribed intense B-50 immunoreactivity brought about by the labelling of many axon terminals on preganglionic sympathetic neurons. In motor nuclei of the ventral horn (lamina IX), low levels of B-50 immunoreactivity were present in a few axon terminals on dendritic and somal profiles of motoneurons. In dorsal root ganglia, B-50 immunoreactivity was mainly localized in the cell bodies of small and medium-sized sensory neurons. The selective distribution of persisting B-50 immunoreactivity in the mature cat throughout sensory, motor, and autonomie areas of the spinal cord and in dorsal root ganglia suggests that B-50-positive systems retain in adult life the capacity for structural and functional plasticity.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Nacimiento
    • 1
    • 3
  • R. Töpper
    • 3
  • A. Fischer
    • 1
  • A. B. Obstreicher
    • 4
  • A. C. Nacimiento
    • 2
  • W. H. Gispen
    • 4
  • J. Noth
    • 1
  • G. W. Kreutzberg
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of NeurologyAachen University Medical SchoolAachenGermany
  2. 2.Neurosurgical Research LaboratorySaarland University Medical SchoolHomburgGermany
  3. 3.Department of NeuromorphologyMax-Planck-Institute for PsychiatryMartinsried n. MunichGermany
  4. 4.Rudolf Magnus InstituteUniversity of UtrechtCH UtrechtThe Netherlands

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