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J Neurochem. 1992 Mar;58(3):1045-51.

Temporal expression of HNK-1-reactive sulfoglucuronyl glycolipid in cultured quail trunk neural crest cells: comparison with other developmentally regulated glycolipids.

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Department of Biochemistry, E. K. Shriver Center for Mental Retardation, Waltham, Massachusetts 02254.


Monoclonal antibody HNK-1 is an important marker for embryonic neural crest cells and some of their differentiated derivatives. We have identified 3-sulfoglucuronylneolactotetraosylceramide (SGGL-1) as one of the HNK-1 antigens present in cultures of trunk neural crest cells. This lipid was present at 2 days in vitro and increased in amount with time in culture. Other major HNK-1-reactive antigens present in the culture were glycoproteins of apparent molecular masses of 120, 180, and 200 kDa. The 180- and 200-kDa bands were present at 2, 7, and 17 days in vitro, whereas the 120-kDa band was present only at 17 days in vitro. Gangliosides GD3, LD1, and LM1 were also found in the cultures and exhibited distinct temporal patterns of expression. Ganglioside GD3 was present at all stages examined and its expression peaked at 7 days in vitro. In contrast, LD1 was present only at 2 days in vitro and was not detectable at later times. Ganglioside LM1 increased in amount with time in culture in a pattern similar to that seen for SGGL-1. Taken together, these results indicate that several HNK-1-reactive molecules are expressed in neural crest cultures in a temporally regulated manner along with several glycolipids that do not bear this epitope.

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