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FEBS Lett. 1992 Oct 19;311(2):91-4.

Localization of myosin IIB at the leading edge of growth cones from rat dorsal root ganglionic cells.

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Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, SUNY, HSC, Brooklyn.


Primary cultures of rat dorsal root ganglionic (DRG) cells were stained with isoform-specific antibodies against non-muscle myosin II. Antibodies against the brain type myosin (MIIB) stained the peripheries of growth cones and non-neuronal cells. Double staining of the cells with the anti-myosin antibodies and rhodamine-phalloidin or anti-actin antibodies indicated that MIIB co-exists, with F-actin, at the leading edge. Antibodies against platelet myosin stained neither leading edges nor neurites, but stained the cell bodies of neurons and the stress fibers of non-neuronal cells. These results suggest that MIIB functions in the motility of the leading edge of DRG cells.

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