CEREBRAL, CEREBELLAR, AND BRAIN STEM GANGLIOSIDES IN MICE SUSCEPTIBLE TO AUDIOGENIC SEIZURES

Thomas N. Seyfried, Gilbert H. Glaser, Robert K. Yu

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Abstract— The quantitative and qualitative distribution of gangliosides was investigated in the cerebrum, cerebellum and brain stem of audiogenic seizure resistant (C57BL/6J) and susceptible (DBA/2J) mice at 21 days of age. The concentration of gangliosides (μg/unit weight) was higher in the DBA cerebrum and brain stem, but lower in the DBA cerebellum compared to the concentration in C57 mice. In general, the brain water content was lower in DBA mice than in C57 mice. The distributions of a number of gangliosides were found to be different between the two strains and the differences were often in the same direction across the three brain regions. The most consistant and significant difference in ganglioside pattern observed between the strains was the higher concentration of GM1 in all three regions of the DBA brain. These results suggest that DBA mice have a more heavily myelinated CNS than C57 mice. The relationship of these observations to inherent audiogenic seizure susceptibility is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1978
Externally publishedYes

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  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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