Identification of proteins secreted from axons of embryonic dorsal-root-ganglia neurons

Stoeckli, E. T. and Lemkin, P. F. and Kuhn, T. B. and Ruegg, M. A. and Heller, M. and Sonderegger, P.. (1989) Identification of proteins secreted from axons of embryonic dorsal-root-ganglia neurons. European Journal of Biochemistry, 180 (2). pp. 249-258.

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Secretion of proteins from the growth cone has been implicated in axon growth and synapse formation and might be involved in the transmission of a variety of axon-derived regulatory signals during neurogenesis. In order to identify axonally secreted proteins, dorsal-root-ganglia neurons from chicken embryos were cultured in a compartmentalized cell culture system that allows separate access to neuronal cell somas and axons. The proteins synthesized by the neurons were metabolically labeled by addition of [35S]methionine to the compartment containing the cell somas; the proteins released from the axons were harvested from the culture medium of the axonal compartment. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis revealed two axonally secreted proteins with apparent molecular mass of 132-140 kDa and 54-60 kDa; they were termed axonin-1 and axonin-2, respectively. Both axonins were found to be secreted from a variety of neuronal cell cultures, but not from any of the nonneuronal cultures investigated, and hence might be neuron-specific. Virtual absence of these proteins from the axonal protein pattern suggests constitutive secretion. The information acquired on coordinates and spot morphology of these proteins in two-dimensional gel electrophoresis provides a useful assay for their purification.
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Neurobiology > Pharmacology/Neurobiology (Rüegg)
UniBasel Contributors:Rüegg, Markus A.
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Article Subtype:Research Article
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