Immunohistochemical Localization of Intermediate Filament Proteins of Neuronal and Nonneuronal Origin in the Goldfish Optic Nerve: Specific Molecular Markers for Optic Nerve Structures

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  • Abstract The predominant proteins (58K) of the intermediate filament complex in the goldfish visual pathway consist of a series of isoelectric variants. Previous biochemical studies have shown that proteins ON1 and ON2 are of neuronal origin, whereas ON3 and ON4 are of nonneuronal origin. Polyclonal antibodies, purified by affinity chromatography, that are specific for ON1 and ON2 or ON3 and ON4 have been used to localize histologically the ON proteins within the normal and crushed optic nerve. Anti‐ON1/ON2 antiserum presented a pattern consistent with intraaxonal staining. A nonneuronal staining pattern was observed with anti‐ON3/ON4 antiserum. The two patterns were distinct from and complementary to each other. The data suggest that ON3 and ON4 represent a novel glial fibrillary acidic protein. The results are discussed in terms of the function of these proteins in development, plasticity, and regeneration. Copyright © 1986, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved
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  • Jones PS; Tesser P; Keyser KT; Quitschke W; Samadi R; Karten HJ; Schechter N
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  • 1226
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  • 1234
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  • 47
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  • 4