AXONAL TRANSPORT OF LIPIDS IN THE RABBIT OPTIC SYSTEM

James E. Haley, Lawrence J. Tirri, Robert W. Ledeen

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Abstract

Abstract— Axonal transport of lipids was demonstrated in the rabbit optic system using [2‐3H]glycerol and [3‐14C]serine. Following intraocular injection of these precursors, radioactive lipids were detected in the optic tract, superior colliculus and lateral geniculate body over a 31 day period. The bulk of lipid appeared to migrate at a rate equivalent to that of rapidly transported protein which, when combined with a prolonged period of release into the axon, led to a peak of transported radioactivity at 6‐10 days for the 3 tissues. The suggestion of a second peak at 17 days indicated the possibility of a smaller slow component, although another interpretation is suggested. Analysis of individual transported lipids revealed [2‐3H]glycerol to label phosphoglycerides preferentially and [3‐14C]serine to be an effective precursor for sphingolipids and certain of the phosphoglycerides. [3‐14C]Serine labeled axonally transported proteins to an even greater extent than lipids, revealing the same fast and slow components previously shown with other amino acids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)727-734
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of neurochemistry
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1979
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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