The appearance of cGMP-gated cation channel protein in the postnatal rat retina has been studied by fluorescence immunocytochemistry of radial retinal sections and immunoblots of retinal membrane proteins. Channel immunoreactivity was first detectable with RCNGC1-7H2 monoclonal antibody at postnatal day 7 (PN7) by both methods. Immunocytochemical label in retinal sections was localized to the outer segments, and immunoreactivity increased with increasing age. We also compared the developmental appearance of the cGMP-gated cation channel to that of other phototransduction proteins and developmental markers. RET-P2, a monoclonal antibody recognizing the 39-kDa rds/peripherin disc protein, first labeled outer segments at PN7, coincident with cGMP-gated cation channel expression. Double labeling of the same section of PN7 rat retina with RET-P2 and R309 (a polyclonal antiserum against the rod cGMP-gated cation channel) revealed identical patterns of labelling. Similarly, double labeling with RCNGC1-7H2 and an antibody against the rod cGMP-phosphodiesterase gave coincident labeling, suggesting coordinate expression mechanisms of phototransduction proteins with each other and with outer segment structural proteins.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Sensory Systems