Neurochemical Research

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 137–153 | Cite as

Isolation of a synaptic junction-enriched fraction from the forebrain of day-old chickens

Preparation and characterization of chick forebrain subcellular fractions
  • Joseph C. Webster
  • Jack D. Klingman
Original Articles


Synaptosomal plasma membrane (SPM) and other subcellular fractions were isolated from the forebrain of 1-day-old chickens by a procedure based on that of Davis and Bloom (16) and Cotman and Taylor (13). The procedure involves the centrifugation through a discontinuous sucrose gradient of a crude synaptosomal-mitochondrial fraction which has been lysed and weighted with iodonitrotetrazolium. SPM isolated by this method contains only small amounts of lysosomal or mitochondrial membranes and is practically devoid of contaminating microsomal membranes, as estimated by enzyme marker assays. The purity of chick-brain SPM prepared by this method is compared to the purity of chickbrain fractions obtained by two other laboratories, using different methods (4, 59). The SPM were extracted with Triton X-100 and all fractions solubilized in sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS). The delipidated proteins of all fractions were subjected to SDS-polyacrylamide electrophoresis on slab gels and stained for protein. A distinct difference was observed between the patterns given by the Triton-soluble and-insoluble fractions. Electron microscopy of the synaptic junction fraction showed numerous junctional complexes.


Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Mitochondrial Membrane Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Subcellular Fraction Sucrose Gradient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph C. Webster
    • 1
  • Jack D. Klingman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryState University of New York at BuffaloBuffalo

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