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Histochemistry. 1987;87(2):107-13.

Light and electron microscopical immunocytochemistry of 5'-nucleotidase in rat cerebellum.


5'-Nucleotidase in nervous tissue has so far not been localised at the ultrastructural level using immunocytochemical techniques. We have now applied monoclonal antibodies and a polyclonal antiserum raised against this ecto-enzyme and describe the distribution of 5'-nucleotidase antigenicity in rat cerebellum both at the light and electron microscopic levels. Within all cerebellar layers, 5'-nucleotidase immunoreactivity was found on plasma membranes of glial elements, i.e. Bergmann glial cell processes crossing the molecular layer, astrocytic end-feet around blood vessels and glial cell extensions surrounding single Purkinje cells. In the granular layer, 5'-nucleotidase immunoreactivity was present on glial membranes interposed between granule cells. Neuronal cells or processes were devoid of immunoreactivity. The immunocytochemical results were compared with conventional 5'-nucleotidase histochemistry. Both techniques showed the same ecto-localisation of the enzyme and favour the view of 5'-nucleotidase being predominantly situated at glial plasma membranes.

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