Effect of crush lesion on ganglioside radiolabelling patterns in rat sciatic nerve

Melinda Guzman-Harty, Jean K. Warner, Mary E. Mancini, Dennis K. Pearl, Allan J. Yates

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Left sciatic nerves in rats were crushed and allowed to regenerate for variable periods of time up to 14 days; uncrushed right nerves from the same animals were used as controls. Two days before killing the rats, both L-S dorsal root ganglia (DRG) were injected with 100 microcuries [3H]glucosamine. Gangliosides were purified separately from sciatic nerve (SN) distal to the crush site, lumbosacral trunk (LST) proximal to the crush site, and the injected DRG. Changes in major glyco-conjugate classes were previously reported; in this study total gangliosides were separated by high performance thin layer chromatography, located by autofluorography and radioactivity was measured by liquid scintillography. In control DRG, major radiolabeled gangliosides were GM3 and LM1; in control LST and SN, GDlb and GTlb were the major ones. During day two and four following crush, GM3 and LM1 decreased in DRG, but at one and two weeks were at normal and elevated levels, respectively; there were inverse changes in GD3, GTlb and GQlb. GDlb, GTlb and GQlb were lower in crushed than in control LST and SN between days zero and four. In LST, GM3 and LM1 remained constant for four days, but were elevated at one and two weeks, whereas GDI a was elevated at all times. Indeed, GDI a is the major recently synthesized ganglioside that is transported into LST and SN two to four days after trauma, suggesting that it may play an important role in regeneration. Indices of oligosaccharide complexity and degree of sialylation indicated that between two and four days following crush, gangliosides in DRG had more complex oligosaccharides and more sialic acid residues than in either controls or in DRG of crushed nerves at one and two weeks post-crush. The degrees of ganglioside sialylation and oligosaccharide complexity in crushed LST and SN were lower than in control specimens between one and seven days after crush. Changes in the ganglioside composition of peripheral nerve following trauma may be important for axonal regeneration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)225-236
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of neuropathology and experimental neurology
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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