Oct 1, 1989

Phosphate-dependent and independent neurofilament protein epitopes are expressed throughout the cell cycle in human medulloblastoma (D283 MED) cells

The American Journal of Pathology
J Q TrojanowskiV M Lee


The low (NF-L) and middle (NF-M) molecular weight (Mr) neurofilament (NF) subunits are expressed before the high (NF-H) Mr NF subunit in embryonic neurons. Thereafter, NF-M attains its mature state of phosphorylation more rapidly than does NF-H. However, little is known about NF subunit expression during cell division. A rapidly dividing medulloblastoma cell line (D283 MED), therefore, was examined using flow cytometry, immunochemistry, and a large panel of NF subunit-specific polyclonal and monoclonal antibodies. Many of the monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) distinguished NF-H and NF-M in different states of phosphorylation. By flow cytometry, more than 90% of the D283 cells expressed NF-H and NF-M in different states of phosphorylation, and an antiserum specific for the carboxy terminus of NF-L labeled more than 60% of these cells. Furthermore, the fluorescence intensity produced by MAbs that detected phosphorylated versus nonphosphorylated NF-H and/or NF-M epitopes, appropriately decreased or increased, respectively, by preincubating the D283 cells with alkaline phosphatase. In contrast, cell staining with antibodies specific for phosphate-independent NF protein epitopes did not change substantially as a result of enzymatic depho...Continue Reading

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Monoclonal Antibodies
Monoclonal antibodies, antineoplastic
Flow Cytometry
Immunoblotting, Reverse
Neurofilament Medium Polypeptide

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