Cell and Tissue Research

, Volume 266, Issue 3, pp 483–490 | Cite as

The complex-type glycoprotein secreted by the bovine subcommissural organ: an immunological study using C1B8A8 monoclonal antibody

  • R. Meiniel
  • N. Duchier-Liris
  • J. -L. Molat
  • A. Meiniel


The secretory pathway of the complex-type glycoprotein specific to the subcommissural organ (SCO) was examined using the monoclonal antibody (Mab) C1B8A8. Immunoreactive material was revealed in various compartments of the secretory ependymocyte, i.e., the endoplasmic reticulum, the Golgi area and the secretory vacuoles. In addition, immunoreactive material was also observed in the ventricular cavity. Evidence of a release both at the apical lining and at the basal process of the SCO ependymocytes suggests that the same protein could be secreted into the cerebrospinal fluid and the perivascular spaces. After immunoaffinity chromatography of soluble extracts of the SCO on Mab C1B8A8 immunoadsorbent columns, three glycopeptides were identified on Western blots; they were concanavalin A (Con A)-positive (88, 54 and 34 kDa) and wheat-germ agglutinin (WGA)-positive (54 and 34 kDa). The Con A-positive glycopeptide (88 kDa) is probably related to the high-mannose-type glycoprotein, the precursor form of the secreted compound, whereas the 54 kDa-glycopeptide that is both Con A- and WGA-positive could represent an intermediate form. The 34 kDa-glycopeptide that is strongly WGA-positive could be related to the monomeric form of the secreted compound. These three glycopeptides were not revealed in eluted fractions of soluble extracts of the ependyma that served as control.

Key words

Subcommissural organ Secretory pathway C1B8A8 monoclonal antibody Immunocytochemistry Immunoaffinity chromatography Bovine 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Meiniel
    • 1
    • 2
  • N. Duchier-Liris
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. -L. Molat
    • 1
    • 2
  • A. Meiniel
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratoire de Biochimie MédicaleUniversité d'Auvergne, Faculté de MédecineClermont-Ferrand CedexFrance
  2. 2.CJF INSERM No. 8806Université d'Auvergne, Faculté de MédecineClermont-Ferrand CedexFrance

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