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Development. 1994 Aug;120(8):2081-90.

The cloning of zebrin II reveals its identity with aldolase C.

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  • 1Program in Neuroscience and Medical, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115.


The sagittal organization of the mammalian cerebellum can be observed at the anatomical, physiological and biochemical level. Previous screening of monoclonal antibodies produced in our laboratory has identified two intracellular antigens, zebrin I and II, that occur exclusively in adult cerebellar Purkinje cells. As their name suggests, the zebrin antibody staining of the Purkinje cell population is not uniform. Rather, zebrin-positive Purkinje cells are organized in stripes or bands that run from anterior to posterior across most of the cerebellum; interposed between the zebrin-positive cells are bands of Purkinje cells that are zebrin-negative. Comparison of the position of the antigenic bands with the anatomy of afferent projections suggests that the bands are congruent with the basic developmental and functional 'compartments' of the cerebellum. We report the isolation of cDNA clones of the 36 x 10(3) M(r) antigen, zebrin II, by screening of a mouse cerebellum cDNA expression library. Sequence analysis reveals a 98% identity between our clone and the glycolytic isozyme, aldolase C. In order to more rigorously demonstrate the identity of the two proteins, we stained adult cerebellum with an independent monoclonal antibody raised against aldolase C. Anti-aldolase staining occurs in a previously unreported pattern of sagittal bands of Purkinje cells; the pattern is identical to that revealed by the zebrin II monoclonal. Further, in situ hybridization of antisense aldolase C riboprobe shows that the accumulation of zebrin II/aldolase C mRNA corresponds to the pattern of the zebrin antigen in Purkinje cells. Zebrin II/aldolase C gene expression is thus regulated at the level of transcription (or mRNA stability). In light of previous work that has demonstrated the cell-autonomous and developmentally regimented expression of zebrin II, further studies of the regulation of this gene may lead to insights about the determination of cerebellar compartmentation.

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