Unstable nuclear DNA in hypoglossal neurons of adult mice.

I. L. Cameron, E. K. Adrian

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To demonstrate the existence of unstable or metabolic DNA in normal mammalian neurons and to study the effect of peripheral nerve injury on this metabolic DNA, adult mice were given repeated injections of high doses of 3H-thymidine (3H-T) on the day before injury to the left hypoglossal nerve. The animals were killed at intervals up to 33 days after the injections of 3H-T. Analyses of grain counts showed a low but significant elevation in the number of radioautographic grains per unit area of hypoglossal neuronal nuclei above background levels for up to 5 days after 3H-T injection. Digestion of the tissue with DNase lowered the nuclear grain counts to background levels, confirming that the DNA was indeed labelled. Although there was a loss of labelled material from the neuronal nuclei with time, there was no difference between injured and uninjured neurons at any of the intervals tested after injection of 3H-T.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
Issue number98
StatePublished - 1979
Externally publishedYes

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  • Aquatic Science
  • Cell Biology


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