Effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis serum on cultured chick spinal neurons

Doherty, P., Dickson, J. G., Flanigan, T. P., Kennedy, P. G.E. and Walsh, F. S. (1986) Effects of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis serum on cultured chick spinal neurons. Neurology, 36(10), p. 1330. (doi:10.1212/WNL.36.10.1330)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1212/WNL.36.10.1330

Abstract

We used a quantitative immunoassay to examine the effects of human serum and immunoglobulins on neurofilament protein expression in cultures of chick spinal neurons. Compared with cultures grown in the presence of serum from healthy controls or patients with other neurologic disorders, ALS serum lowered the level of neurofilament proteins. Effects were similar with or without muscle-derived neurotrophic factors; there was no specificity for motor neurons. No neurotoxic activity was found in immunoglobulin fractions, and there was no evidence of circulating antibodies that might neutralize muscle-derived neurotrophic factors or induce cytolysis of spinal neurons.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kennedy, Professor Peter
Authors: Doherty, P., Dickson, J. G., Flanigan, T. P., Kennedy, P. G.E., and Walsh, F. S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
Journal Name:Neurology
Publisher:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN:0028-3878
ISSN (Online):1526-632X

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