Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 241, Issue 2, pp 367–372 | Cite as

The localization and rate of disappearance of a synaptic vesicle antigen following denervation

  • Edilio Borroni
  • Patrizia Ferretti
  • Wolfgang Fiedler
  • Geoffrey Q. Fox


A proteoglycan-specific antiserum has been used to monitor the effects of denervation in the electric organ of Torpedo marmorata. The antiserum was produced by injecting a highly purified synaptic vesicle fraction prepared from the electric organs of Torpedo marmorata. Following absorption the serum appears to be specific towards synaptic vesicles. The ultrastructural localization of the antigen determined by immuno-electron microscopy confirmed the specificity of the antiserum and showed that it did not crossreact with the proteoglycans of the basal lamina. The rate of disappearance of the vesicle proteoglycans following denervation was evaluated by means of the antiserum and was compared to the rate of disappearance of other vesicular and nerve terminal-associated markers. The results suggest that degeneration affects the vesicular constituents at varying rates resulting in a progressive disappearance of the entire functional capacity of the synaptic vesicles.

Key words

Denervation Cholinergic synaptic vesicles Proteoglycan Immunocytochemistry Immuno-electron microscopy Torpedo marmorata 


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© Springer-Verlag 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Edilio Borroni
    • 1
  • Patrizia Ferretti
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Fiedler
    • 1
  • Geoffrey Q. Fox
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung NeurochemieMax-Planck-Institut für biophysikalische ChemieGöttingenBundesrepublik Deutschland

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