Neurochemical Research

, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp 133–146 | Cite as

Regional studies of myelin proteins in human brain and spinal cord

  • John L. Trotter
  • Cindy L. Wegescheide
  • William F. Garvey
Original Articles


The myelin specific proteins, myelin basic protein (MBP) and myelin proteolipid protein (PLP) were quantitated by radioimmunoassay (RIA) and the activity of the enzyme 2′3′-cyclic 3′ phosphohydrolase (CNP) measured, in 27 regions of normal brain and spinal cord. Varying regional concentrations for each protein and regional variations for protein ratios were noted, supporting the concept of a varying chemical composition for myelin throughout the central nervous system (CNS). Variation was also noted among myelin subfractions from a single region. Regions with special sensitivity to the multiple sclerosis process had relatively lower proportions of CNP in several, but not all cases.


Spinal Cord Multiple Sclerosis Human Brain Regional Study Regional Variation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John L. Trotter
    • 1
  • Cindy L. Wegescheide
    • 1
  • William F. Garvey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery (Neurology)Washington University School of MedicineSt. Louis

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