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Sulfatide decrease in myelin influences formation of the paranodal axo-glial junction and conduction velocity in the sciatic nerve.
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PMID:  23322453     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Cerebroside sulfotransferase (CST) catalyzes the production of sulfatide, which is one of the major glycolipids in myelin. Homozygous CST knockout mice were shown to be completely deficient in sulfatide. They were born healthy but began to display progressive neurological deficits from 6 weeks of age. Severe abnormalities of paranodal regions and changes in axonal ion channel distribution were prominent in both the central and peripheral nervous systems. But whether partial decreases in myelin sulfatide levels influence paranodal formation, as well as nerve conduction velocity (NCV), is largely unknown. To determine the functional significance of sulfatide content in myelin, we performed electrophysiological, morphological, and biochemical analyses using heterozygote, homozygote, and wild-type mouse peripheral nerves and compared the results with individual sulfatide content. NCVs were significantly reduced in homozygote animals compared with wild-type mice. In contrast, these values were markedly varied in individual heterozygote mice. On the basis of NCV values, we divided heterozygous mice into two groups: mice with mild but significant reduction of NCV and those with normal NCV. Teased nerve fibers obtained from individual mouse sciatic nerves were immunostained, and Na(+) channel and Caspr cluster lengths were measured to determine abnormal levels of junctional formation at the paranode. Furthermore, sulfatide content in each sciatic nerve was examined by thin layer chromatography. The results demonstrated significant correlations among sulfatide level, severity of paranodal abnormality, and reduction of NCV. Thus, the fine regulation of myelin sulfatide content by CST is important for normal function of myelinated axons. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Akiko Hayashi; Naoki Kaneko; Chiaki Tomihira; Hiroko Baba
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-16
Journal Detail:
Title:  Glia     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1098-1136     ISO Abbreviation:  Glia     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8806785     Medline TA:  Glia     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Department of Molecular Neurobiology, Tokyo University of Pharmacy and Life Sciences, Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan.
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