Primary Neural Cell Cultures and GM1 Monosialoganglioside: A Model for Comprehension of the Mechanisms Underlying GM1 Effects in CNS Repair Process in Vivo

  • R. Dal Toso
  • D. Presti
  • D. Benvegnù
  • G. Tettamanti
  • G. Toffano
  • A. Leon
Part of the FIDIA Research Series book series (FIDIA, volume 6)


Contrary to long-held pessimistic notions, it is now recognized that not only the developing but also the adult mammalian central nervous system (C.N.S.) is capable of undergoing a series of repair processes following injury. Although the irreversibly damaged neurons cannot be replaced, repair in the adult can partly be accomplished by additional growth and reorganization of neuronal processes from undamaged axons in response to adjacent axonal and synaptic degeneration. The intensity of this process varies with the extent, localization and type of neuronal injury and is presumably determined by appropriate signalling, i.e. neuronotrophic factors, from humoral surroundings, cell-cell contacts and denervated target areas. In at least some situations, a close correlation between lesion-induced remodeling and behavioral recovery has been reported (Nieto-Sampedro et al., 1983). Agents or conditions capable of enhancing the availability or activity of neuronotrophic factors are currently being examined in the attempt to ameliorate functional recovery of damaged CNS neuronal tissue.


Gaba Uptake Adult Mammalian Brain Mesencephalic Cell Mesencephalic Dopaminergic Neuron Exogenous Ganglioside 
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central nervous system


Eagle’ls basal medium


phosphate buffered saline




tetrahydro furan


γ-aminobutyric acid


L-2,4-diaminobutyric acid




glial fibrillary protein


gloxylic acid induced fluorescence


dorsal root ganglia


nerve growth factor


platelet derived growth factor.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Dal Toso
    • 1
  • D. Presti
    • 1
  • D. Benvegnù
    • 1
  • G. Tettamanti
    • 2
  • G. Toffano
    • 1
  • A. Leon
    • 1
  1. 1.Fidia Neurobiological Research LaboratoriesAbano TermeItaly
  2. 2.Department of Medical Chemistry and BiochemistryUniversity of MilanoMilanoItaly

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