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J Comp Neurol. 1995 Sep 11;360(1):59-80.

Platelet-derived growth factor receptors of mouse central nervous system cells in vitro.

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Department of Anatomy, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson 39216-4505, USA.


This study evaluates the distribution of receptors for platelet-derived growth factor (PDGF) on central nervous cells maintained in vitro using colloidal gold-labeled immunocytochemical markers at the electron microscopic level. Platelet-derived growth factor receptors were found to be sparsely distributed over the surface of type 1 astrocytes, apparent type 2 astrocytes, and neurons. Receptors appeared to be preferentially associated with filopodia-like extensions of the cell membrane. The existence of functional receptors was confirmed using the impermeant, water-soluble affinity cross-linking agent bis(sulfosuccinimidyl)suberate to covalently link radiolabeled PDGF to its receptor. The PDGF/receptor complexes could also be immunoprecipitated with the same antibody used in immunocytochemical experiments. The improved resolution of these techniques allows definitive identification of PDGF receptors on cultured mammalian central nervous system cells other than oligodendrocytes. These data expand the range of possible roles of PDGF during nervous system development. Receptors for PDGF are likely to play a key role in the differentiation of cells in the central nervous system.

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