Levels of neurotransmitter and cytoskeletal protein mRNAs during nerve regeneration in sympathetic ganglia

Brain Res. 1988 May 24;449(1-2):361-3. doi: 10.1016/0006-8993(88)91054-2.


The present study examines levels of neurotransmitter messenger RNA (mRNA) at various stages after crush of postganglionic nerves in the superior cervical ganglia. Using complementary DNA (cDNA) probes, we demonstrated a reduction in ganglionic mRNA levels for tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) after axotomy. Concomitantly, actin and tubulin mRNA levels in ganglia were increased. Thus, in neurons of sympathetic ganglia, axotomy appears to be associated with a selective reduction in levels of TH mRNA, and, in turn, alters levels of protein and enzyme activities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Actins / genetics
  • Animals
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins / genetics*
  • DNA / genetics
  • Ganglia, Sympathetic / physiology*
  • Male
  • Nerve Regeneration*
  • Neurotransmitter Agents / biosynthesis*
  • RNA, Messenger / genetics
  • RNA, Messenger / metabolism*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Tubulin / genetics
  • Tyrosine 3-Monooxygenase / genetics*


  • Actins
  • Cytoskeletal Proteins
  • Neurotransmitter Agents
  • RNA, Messenger
  • Tubulin
  • DNA
  • Tyrosine 3-Monooxygenase