Glycolipids and myelin proteins in human oligodendrogliomas

C. C. Sung, R. Collins, J. Li, D. K. Pearl, Stephen W. Coons, Bernd W. Scheithauer, Peter C. Johnson, A. J. Yates

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We studied myelin proteins and glycolipids in 24 human oligodendrogliomas (16 pure, eight mixed), including two grade I, 13 grade II, five grade III, and four grade IV. Tumours with a 1b ganglioside content (GD1b, GT1b and GQ1b) over 30% of total gangliosides occur more frequently in the WHO grade I and II (47%) and grade III (40%) than in the grade IV (25%) group; there was no difference in the amounts of total ganglioside or individual gangliosides between pure and mixed oligodendrogliomas. The presence of 6'-LM1 correlated with higher grades of tumours (χ2 p ≃ 0.02); however, 3'-LM1 and total neolacto-series gangliosides did not correlated with grade. Immunohistochemical studies of oligodendrocyte and myelin markers (GalCer, sulfatide, 2',3'-cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterase, myelin basic protein and proteolipid protein) using specific antibodies showed only a very small proportion of tumour cells staining. These data do not support the hypothesis that tumours classified as oligodendrogliomas are derived from mature oligodendrocytes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)433-443
Number of pages11
JournalGlycoconjugate Journal
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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