PMID: 1384943Apr 1, 1992

Expression of developmentally relevant proteins by rodent embryo CNS cells in vivo and in vitro: proto-oncogene pp60c-src and high molecular weight neurofilament protein

Cell Biology and Toxicology
C SweeneyE M Faustman


The expression of proteins that play a role in neuronal differentiation was examined in central nervous system (CNS) micromass embryo cell cultures and compared to expression at comparable developmental stages in vivo. The protein product of the src proto-oncogene (pp60c-src) has been postulated to have a specific role in development because, although it is expressed in many tissues, marked increases in amount and activity of pp60c-src occur in neurons at the time of differentiation. Another protein of interest, high molecular weight neurofilament (NF) protein, is found in differentiated neurons. In the present study, changes over time in the expression of these two proteins in vitro and in vivo were examined. In the micromass cell cultures, primary cells from day 12 rat embryo CNS are plated at high density and differentiate into neurons during five days in culture. Tissues from embryos grown in vivo were assessed at 12 and 17 days post-coitum. Proteins were quantified by PAGE separation of equal amounts of total protein followed by transfer to membranes, immunoblotting, and densitometric scanning of blots. Increases in the amount of both proteins with neuronal differentiation was shown. Protein kinase activity of immunoprecip...Continue Reading


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