Mar 1, 1981

Chronological study of oligodendroglial alterations and myelination in quaking mice

Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
H Nagara, K Suzuki

Abstract

Chronological morphological investigation was carried out in the spinal cord of quaking mice from day 3 to day 130. Numbers of myelinated fibres were far fewer in quaking mice at day 3 compared to controls. However, when the animals became older, myelination progressed and numbers of myelinated fibres increased although myelin sheaths remained far thinner than the size of axons. Many oligodendroglia during day 5 to 15 in quaking mice revealed prominent dilation and proliferation of smooth walled vesicles and cisterns but after 20 days, such changes were no longer observed. Tortuous bizarre oligodendroglial processes, aberrant myelination and myelin figures were very prominent around day 5--15, but such changes also gradually subsided. Density of glial cells during pre-myelination gliosis was similar in both quaking and control mice. However, glial cell population decreased far slower pace than controls when myelination progressed. Thus, glial cell density remained proportionally higher in quaking than controls although the density declined with age in both.

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Myelin Sheath
Malignant Neoplasm of Spinal Cord
Pathological Dilatation
Plant fiber
Senility
Neuroglia
Neoplasm of Uncertain or Unknown Behavior of Spinal Cord
Cistern
Myelin
Vesicle

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