Molecular Specificity of Ganglioside Action on Neurite Regeneration in Cell Cultures of Sensory Neurons

  • Patrick Doherty
  • John G. Dickson
  • Thomas P. Flanigan
  • Frank S. Walsh
Part of the FIDIA Research Series book series (FIDIA, volume 6)


Studies of the antigenic sites recognised by the monoclonal antibody (McAb) A2B5 (Eisenbarth et al., 1979) and on the binding receptors for tetanus toxin (Van Heyningen, 1963; Mirsky et al., 1978) have demonstrated that neurons can express a relatively unique family of higher order gangliosides at their cell surface. The high abundance of gangliosides in nervous tissue (Wiegandt, 1971; Ledeen, 1978) considered together with the qualitative and quantitative changes apparent in the total ganglioside pool during the development of several brain areas (Kasai and Yu, 1983; Hilbig et al., 1984) lends support to the concept that endogenous gangliosides may somehow function in the process of neuritogenesis in the embryo and/or neurite regeneration in the adult. Supportive evidence for such a role comes from the observation that a complex mixture of bovine brain gangliosides can stimulate motor neurone sprouting in vivo (Gorio et al., 1983).


Dorsal Root Ganglion Sensory Neuron Dorsal Root Ganglion Neuron Neuronal Cell Survival United Kingdom Introduction 
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nerve growth factor


dorsal root ganglia


monoclonal antibody


horse radish peroxidase-conjugated rabbit antimouse Ig


Dulbecco’s modified Eagle’s medium


fetal calf serum


phosphate-buffered saline


horse serum




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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Doherty
    • 1
  • John G. Dickson
    • 1
  • Thomas P. Flanigan
    • 1
  • Frank S. Walsh
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of NeurologyQueen SquareLondonUK

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