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Brain Res Mol Brain Res. 1993 Jul;19(1-2):1-8.

Neuron-specific enolase (NSE) and non-neuronal enolase (NNE) mRNAs are co-expressed in neurons of the rat cerebellum: in situ hybridization histochemistry.

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Department of Neuropathology, Niigata University, Japan.


Using in situ hybridization histochemistry, we analysed the localization of mRNAs for neuron-specific enolase (NSE) and non-neuronal enolase (NNE) in the rat cerebellum at various postnatal developmental stages. Synthetic 45 meric oligonucleotides corresponding to partial sequences of the non-coding region of rat NSE or NNE mRNA were 35S-labeled to approximately the same specific activity and used as hybridization probes. On examination of the adult rat cerebellum, both NSE and NNE signals were detected in all identified and presumed neurons which included Purkinje cells, internal granule cells and presumed stellate/basket cells in the cerebellar cortex and neurons of the dentate nucleus. Examination of the cerebellum during postnatal development also revealed coexistence of NSE and NNE signals in these neurons from early stages. During development, both signals coincidentally increased in Purkinje cells and neurons of the dentate nucleus, while only NSE signals showed a gradual increase in the internal granule cells in which NNE signals remained at the same level from early postnatal to adult stages. The external granule cells showed NNE signals until postnatal day 7 but thereafter the signals became less distinct, especially in cells if the inner zone of the external granule cell layer. Thus, it was shown that NSE and NNE were commonly coexpressed at the mRNA level in various neurons of the cerebellum except for very undifferentiated external granule cells which expressed only NNE mRNA.

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