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J Neuroimmunol. 2002 Jun;127(1-2):1-12.

Expression of Golli proteins in adult human brain and multiple sclerosis lesions.

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  • 1Department of Neuroscience, University of Connecticut Medical School, 263 Farmington Ave., Farmington, CT 06030-3401, USA.


It has been suggested that Golli proteins, structurally related to myelin basic proteins (MBPs), have a role in autoimmune processes. We studied the expression of these proteins in multiple sclerosis (MS) and determined that the number of Golli-immunoreactive (ir) cells was significantly higher around lesions of chronic MS than in control white matter. Golli proteins were expressed in the adult oligodendrocyte precursor cells (OPCs), activated microglia/macrophages, and some demyelinated axons around MS lesions. Their expression in adult OPCs indicates remyelination attempts, whereas the expression in the subpopulation of microglia/macrophages suggests roles in the immune processes of MS. In addition, Golli proteins may be markers of axonal transection, which is characteristic for MS.

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