Molecular Biology Reports

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 2625–2632 | Cite as

Expression of Nogo-66 receptor in human astrocytoma is correlated with tumor malignancy

  • Nanxiang Xiong
  • Jianying Shen
  • Shuai Li
  • Junjun Li
  • Hongyang Zhao


Nogo-A is a myelin-associated neuronal growth inhibitory molecule in central nervous system after trauma. However, the physiological functions of Nogo-A in neural development and in healthy oligodendrocytes are largely unknown. In this study, we investigated the expression of Nogo-66 receptor (NgR) protein in 60 cases of human astrocytoma by Western blot RT-PCR and immunohistochemistry. The correlation between the expression of NgR and pathologic grades of astrocyoma was further analyzed. The results showed that the expression of NgR protein and NgR mRNA immunoreactivity score, were decreased markedly with the increasing pathological grades. Double immunostaining results showed that Nogo-A and NgR were colocalized at the interface of astrocytoma cells and extracellular matrix. Our results indicated that NgR may have inhibitory effects on tumor activity and Nogo-A may restrict migration of tumor cells via NgR.


Nogo-66 receptor Nogo-A Astrocytoma Myelin Malignancy Expression 



This study was funded by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (30471775, 30801180) and the Hubei Research Development Project Foundation (2005AA301C15).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nanxiang Xiong
    • 1
  • Jianying Shen
    • 2
  • Shuai Li
    • 1
  • Junjun Li
    • 1
  • Hongyang Zhao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Union Hospital, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.Section of Histology and Embryology, Department of Anatomy, Tongji Medical CollegeHuazhong University of Science and TechnologyWuhanPeople’s Republic of China

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