The possible influence of noradrenaline (NA) upon cell differentiation has been studied by comparing NA-supplemented cultures of foetal pallial cells with control cultures grown in normal medium. Two days after plating, the cultures were processed for immunocytochemical detection of either an adhesion molecule and marker of early stages of neuronal differentiation (L1) or a marker expressed at relatively late stages (γ-enolase). In both cases, the NA supplement reduced the expression of the antigen. The effects were more clear-cut for the late than for the early marker. In conclusion, the NA supplement to the culture medium, in our model, seemed to have a 'differentiation regulating' rather than a 'neurotrophic' function sensu stricto. It remains to be clarified, however, to which extent this finding can be generalized to in vivo situations.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- cell adhesion molecule
- cell culture
- central nervous system
- neuronal differentiation