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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Neural cell adhesion molecule in aged mouse muscle.

Expression of the neural cell adhesion molecule was compared in endplate and non-endplate regions of skeletal muscles of mature and old CBF-1 mice, in order to determine whether age-related changes in neuromuscular morphology were correlated with age changes in neural cell adhesion molecule expression. Three muscles were examined: two (soleus and sternomastoid) showed age-related regionalization of nerve terminals as one manifestation of increased synaptic remodelling while the third (diaphragm) did not. Relative neural cell adhesion molecule content in these muscles was measured by densitometry of immunoblots after concentration by affinity chromatography. Expression of the major 140,000 mol. wt form of neural cell adhesion molecule, which was most abundant in the endplate region, was increased in sternomastoid and soleus of old compared to adult mouse, but was unchanged with age in diaphragm. A 70,000-80,000 mol. wt presumably proteolytic polypeptide fragment of neural cell adhesion molecule was increased in immunoblots of all old muscles. Immunocytochemical studies of skeletal muscles showed no difference in neural cell adhesion molecule cellular distribution in mature vs old mice, but in motor nerve of sternomastoid, the number of neural cell adhesion molecule-positive nerve fibers was increased in old mice. Several lines of evidence indicated that partial denervation was rare in old CBF-1 mice, and therefore could not account for the findings above. Selective increase of 140,000 mol. wt neural cell adhesion molecule expression in the junctional regions of those muscles of old mice which show neuromuscular remodelling indicates that this adhesion molecule may play a role in the age-related instability of motor nerve terminals.[1]


  1. Neural cell adhesion molecule in aged mouse muscle. Kobayashi, H., Robbins, N., Rutishauser, U. Neuroscience (1992) [Pubmed]
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