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J Am Chem Soc. 2005 Sep 7;127(35):12152-3.

Vitamin E imaging and localization in the neuronal membrane.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry and the Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, 600 South Mathews Avenue, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA.

Abstract

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) has been implicated in several cellular processes including signaling, transport, lipid membrane curvature, and several neurodegenerative disorders. Vitamin E imaging has been hindered by the inaccessibility of the molecule to traditional immunohistochemical methods. Using time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS), the distribution of major constituents in the cellular membrane of isolated neurons was investigated. There is a significant increase in the vitamin E signal at the soma-neurite junction compared to the cell as a whole (165 +/- 11% of that found across the cell, p = 0.004, n = 12). The observed membrane distribution suggests an important new role for vitamin E in neuronal function.

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