Dec 1, 1979

Biochemical characterization of [3H]norepinephrine uptake in dissociated brain cell cultures from chick embryos

Neurochemical Research
D W Hoffman, A Vernadakis


The uptake of [3H]norepinephrine ([3H]NE) was studied in dissociated brain cell cultures prepared from 8-day-old chick embryos using the whole brain (minus optic lobes). Uptake [3H]NE, 5 x 10(-9) m, 10 min incubation, in freshly dissociated noncultured embryonic chick brain cells, was detected in 6-day-old embryos; it was temperature and drug (cocaine, metanephrine) sensitive and increased with brain development. In cultured cells, which were assayed at various days in culture, the increase in [3H]NE accumulation per culture was less than that seen in freshly dissociated noncultured embryonic cells. When [H]NE uptake was expressed per mg protein, a decrease with days in culture was observed. reflecting perhaps a dilution of growth or proliferation of cells not accumulating NE. Metanephrine, 5 X 10(-6) M, an inhibitor of extraneuronal uptake, inhibited [3H]NE in 5-day-old cultures whereas desmethylimipramine, an inhibitor of neuronal uptake, inhibited [3H]NE uptake in 15- and 20-day-old cultures. Cocaine, another neuronal inhibitor, inhibited [3N]NE at 10 and 15 days only. We interpret these findings to suggest that during early growth in culture most neuroblasts accumulate NE nonspecifically and, as neuronal maturation proceeds...Continue Reading

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