Klinische Wochenschrift

, Volume 52, Issue 24, pp 1158–1164 | Cite as

Protein size and cerebrospinal fluid composition

  • K. Felgenhauer


The concentration ratios of several proteins between serum and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) can be correlated more easily to hydrodynamic volumes than to molweights. Hydrodynamic radii were calculated from literature diffusion data and determined by analytical column chromatography and gel electrophoresis. Discrepancies between molweight and hydrodynamic volume become evident, especially with the high-molecular proteins because of stronger conformational variability in this size range. The permeability of the blood-CSF-barrier is compared to the blood-lymph-barrier and the results are discussed with reference to current views about capillary permeability. The basement membrane, exposed to the capillary lumen by endothelial fenestrations is considered the most likely site of protein passage at the blood-CSF-barrier.

Key words

Blood-brain-barrier capillary permeability cerebrospinal fluid electrophoresis polyacrylamide gel gel filtration immunoassay protein conformation 

Molekülgröße der Serumproteine und Zusammensetzung des Liquor cerebrospinalis


Die Konzentrations-Quotienten zahlreicher Proteine zwischen Serum und Liquor cerebrospinalis korrelieren besser mit den hydrodynamischen Volumen als mit den Molekulargewichten. Die hydrodynamischen Radien wurden der Literatur entnommen, sowie mit Hilfe der analytischen Säulenchromatographie und Gelelektrophorese bestimmt. Diskrepanzen zwischen Molekulargewicht und hydrodynamischem Volumen werden vorwiegend bei den großmolekularen Proteinen gefunden, da hier die Molekülformen stärker variieren. Die Permeabilität der Blut-Liquor-Schranke wird mit der Blut-Lymph-Schranke verglichen, und die Daten werden unter dem Aspekt der derzeitigen Filtrationstheorien diskutiert. Die Basalmembran, die durch Endothelfenster direkten Kontakt mit dem Kapillarlumen erhält, ist der wahrscheinlichste Ort für den Proteindurchtritt an der Blut-Liquor-Schranke.


Bluthirnschranke Kapillarpermeabilität Liquor cerebrospinalis Polyacrylamidgel-Elektrophorese Gelfiltration Immunnachweise Proteinkonformation 


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  • K. Felgenhauer
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  1. 1.Nervenklinik der Universität KölnGermany

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