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Cell Tissue Res. 1983;228(3):415-32.

Neurofilamentous network and filamentous matrix preserved and isolated by different techniques from squid giant axon.


The contribution of the neurofilamentous network to the structure of the squid giant axon was analyzed electron-microscopically. Axial 10-nm filaments cross-linked by radial 5-nm bridges form a network that is present in preparations prepared by a variety of techniques. The axoplasm is differentiated into dense and less dense regions. In the presence of Co(II) ions, the neurofilamentous network was remarkably well preserved and appeared to be associated with a dense web of fine filament matrix, which also was identified in extracted axoplasm and in fractions enriched with neurofilament protein complex. In the presence of La(III) ions, the neurofilamentous network had a coarse and open appearance. The stereo images of extracted and critical-point dried axoplasm suggested that the neurofilamentous network contains ordered lattice-like regions. Extracted preparations of extruded axoplasm and fractions enriched with neurofilament protein complex suggested that the properties of the network are determined by the neurofilament protein complex. It is proposed that the neurofilamentous network is the essential determinant of the form of the axon, and that the order within the network is determined by the radial components of the network. The structures observed in the different preparations are not artifacts, but rather are related closely to their native state in the axon.

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