Immunocytochemical analysis of rat vagus nerve by antibodies against glycogen phosphorylase isozymes

Pfeiffer-Guglielmi, B., Coles, J. A., Francke, M., Reichenbach, A., Fleckenstein, B., Jung, G., Nicaise, G. and Hamprecht, B. (2006) Immunocytochemical analysis of rat vagus nerve by antibodies against glycogen phosphorylase isozymes. Brain Research, 1110(1), pp. 23-29. (doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2006.06.080)

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Abstract

Glycogen is an endogenous store of glucose equivalents for energy metabolism in many tissues. The brain contains a significant amount of glycogen the role of which as an energy reserve is currently under debate. Apparently little is known concerning a possible role of glycogen in peripheral nerves. We have demonstrated immunocytochemically the presence of glycogen phosphorylase (GP), a key enzyme in glycogen metabolism, in large and small axons of the rat vagus nerve, but not in Schwann cells. Furthermore, the isozyme-specific antibodies applied detected only the presence of the brain isoform BB of GP, but not the muscle isoform MM. This is in agreement with the occurrence of solely the BB isoform in the few brain and spinal cord neurons that contain GP. In contrast, astroglial cells in brain and spinal cord have previously been shown to contain both isoforms. Since GP isozymes are regulated differentially, the expression of isoform BB may provide hints to possible functions of glycogen in the vagus nerve.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Coles, Dr Jonathan
Authors: Pfeiffer-Guglielmi, B., Coles, J. A., Francke, M., Reichenbach, A., Fleckenstein, B., Jung, G., Nicaise, G., and Hamprecht, B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Brain Research
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0006-8993
ISSN (Online):1872-6240

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