Synaptic organisation and neuron microtubule distribution

Cell Tissue Res. 1982;226(3):579-88. doi: 10.1007/BF00214786.


The microtubules in different parts of the neuron and synaptosomes were examined with respect to their stability, structure and orientation. On the basis of distribution, different labilities and differences in protofilament substructure seen by tannic acid staining, we have classified microtubules into eight major categories. Functional involvements in vesicle translocation, cytoskeletal support and the regulation of assembly/disassembly are considered.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Axons / ultrastructure
  • Brain / ultrastructure*
  • Cerebral Cortex / ultrastructure
  • Dendrites / ultrastructure
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Microtubules / ultrastructure*
  • Neurons / ultrastructure*
  • Ranidae
  • Ranvier's Nodes / ultrastructure
  • Rats
  • Serum Albumin, Bovine / pharmacology
  • Synapses / ultrastructure*
  • Synaptic Vesicles / ultrastructure
  • Synaptosomes / ultrastructure


  • Serum Albumin, Bovine