Antisense MAP-2 oligonucleotides induce changes in microtubule assembly and neuritic elongation in pre-existing neurites of rat cortical neurons

N. Sharma, Y. Kress, Bridget Shafit-Zagardo

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Abstract

Microtubule-associated protein 2 (MAP-2) is an abundant component of the cytoskeleton present in dendrites and cell bodies of neurons of the CNS. To examine the biological function of MAP-2, two MAP-2 antisense (AS) oligonucleotides complementary to the 5' region of the rat MAP-2 cDNA were added to rat primary embryonic day 17-18 (E17-18) cultured cortical neurons 24 h after plating and neurite outgrowth and morphology studied. The treatment of primary cortical cultures with either of the two MAP-2 AS oligonucleotides resulted in decreased MAP-2 and reduction in the number of neuritic processes relative to the control or MAP-2 sense-treated cultures. By immunostaining and light microscopy the AS-treated neurons appeared smaller, more rounded, and less intensely stained for MAP-2 than the untreated or the MAP-2 sense-treated cultures. By electron microscopy disorganized microtubules and a reduction in the number of microtubules within neurites of the AS-treated cultures were observed. We conclude that MAP-2 continues to be required for microtubule spacing and stability within neurites once they have formed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-247
Number of pages14
JournalCell Motility and the Cytoskeleton
Volume27
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1994

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Microtubule-Associated Proteins
Neurites
Oligonucleotides
Microtubules
Neurons
Antisense Oligonucleotides
Dendrites
Cytoskeleton
Microscopy
Electron Microscopy
Complementary DNA
Light

Keywords

  • cytoskeleton
  • dendrites
  • microtubule-associated protein 2
  • microtubule-associated proteins
  • neurons

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  • Cell Biology

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