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Cell Rep. 2019 Aug 13;28(7):1935-1947.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2019.07.037.

The Retinal Ganglion Cell Transportome Identifies Proteins Transported to Axons and Presynaptic Compartments in the Visual System In Vivo.

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1
Department of Neuroscience and the Dorris Neuroscience Center, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.
2
Department of Neuroscience and the Dorris Neuroscience Center, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA; Neuroscience Graduate Program and Medical Scientist Training Program, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA; Byers Eye Institute and Spencer Center for Vision Research, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA.
3
Department of Molecular Medicine, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.
4
Byers Eye Institute and Spencer Center for Vision Research, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA.
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Department of Neuroscience and the Dorris Neuroscience Center, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA. Electronic address: cline@scripps.edu.

Abstract

The brain processes information and generates cognitive and motor outputs through functions of spatially organized proteins in different types of neurons. More complete knowledge of proteins and their distributions within neuronal compartments in intact circuits would help in the understanding of brain function. We used unbiased in vivo protein labeling with intravitreal NHS-biotin for discovery and analysis of endogenous axonally transported proteins in the visual system using tandem mass spectrometric proteomics, biochemistry, and both light and electron microscopy. Purification and proteomic analysis of biotinylated peptides identified ∼1,000 proteins transported from retinal ganglion cells into the optic nerve and ∼575 biotinylated proteins recovered from presynaptic compartments of lateral geniculate nucleus and superior colliculus. Approximately 360 biotinylated proteins were differentially detected in the two retinal targets. This study characterizes axonally transported proteins in the healthy adult visual system by analyzing proteomes from multiple compartments of retinal ganglion cell projections in the intact brain.

KEYWORDS:

DiDBiT; NHS-biotin; axon transport; electron microscopy; lateral geniculate nucleus; optic nerve; protein labeling; proteomics; retinal ganglion cell; superior colliculus

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