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Synaptic localization of growth-associated protein 43 in cultured hippocampal neurons during synaptogenesis.
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PMID:  23055398     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Growth-associated protein 43 (GAP-43), a novel axonal phosphoprotein, is originally identified as a growth-cone-specific protein of developing neurons in vitro. The expression of GAP-43 is also shown to be up-regulated concomitant with increased synaptic plasticity in the brains in vivo, but how GAP-43 is concerned with synaptic plasticity is not well understood. In the present study, therefore, we aimed to elucidate subcellular localization of GAP-43 as culture development of rat hippocampal neurons. Western blotting showed that the expression of GAP-43 in the cerebral and hippocampal tissues was prominently high at postnatal days 14 and 21 or the active period of synaptogenesis. Double-labelling immunohistochemistry with an axonal marker Tau revealed that the immunoreactivity of GAP-43 was seen throughout axons of cultured hippocampal neurons but stronger at axonal puncta of developing neurons than axonal processes. Double-labelling immunohistochemistry with presynaptic terminal markers of synapsin and synaptotagmin revealed that the immunoreactivity of GAP-43 was observed mostly at weak synapsin- and synaptotagmin-positive puncta rather than strong ones. The quantitative analysis of immunofluorescent intensity showed a clear inverse correlation between GAP-43 and either synapsin or synaptotagmin expression. These data indicate that GAP-43 is highly expressed at immature growing axonal terminals and its expression is decreased along with the maturation of synaptogenesis. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Shoko Morita; Seiji Miyata
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-10-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cell biochemistry and function     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1099-0844     ISO Abbreviation:  Cell Biochem. Funct.     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
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Created Date:  2012-10-11     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8305874     Medline TA:  Cell Biochem Funct     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Department of Applied Biology, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Matsugasaki, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8585, Japan.
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