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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Imaging neuromuscular junctions by confocal fluorescence microscopy: individual endplates seen in whole muscles with vital intracellular staining of the nerve terminals
Author: Marques, MJ
Santo Neto, H
Abstract: The mammalian neuromuscular junction has been extensively studied by different methods to understand better the biological aspects of its normal development, ageing and pathological conditions, such as disorders of neuromuscular transmission. In the present report, a new technique is described that combines confocal microscopy with the use of a vital nerve terminal dye (4-Di-2-ASP) and rhodamine-alpha-bungarotoxin to stain postsynaptic acetylcholine receptors in the same endplate. Nerve terminals in the sternomastoid muscles of living adult mice were stained with 4-Di-2-ASP, which labels intracellular compartments of the nerve terminal containing mitochondria. Slides of these muscles were viewed by confocal microscopy and images were stored on magnetic optical discs. This procedure was compatible with subsequent acetylcholine receptor staining with rhodamine-a-bungarotoxin and observation under the confocal microscope. Classical features of the adult neuromuscular junction were displayed, such as the branched-pattern distribution of the nerve terminals and receptors and their complete colocalisation. In addition, nerve fibres from intramuscular nerve branches with their neighbouring cells, nuclei and muscle fibre striations could also be visualised. We conclude that the present technique can complement existing methods of investigation of nerve terminal anatomy and pathology, particularly where preservation of 3-dimensional relationships is required and intracellular disturbances involving mitochondrial organisation, such as ageing or other degenerative disorders, may be present.
Subject: motor endplates
acetylcholine receptors
mitochondrial labelling
Country: EUA
Editor: Cambridge Univ Press
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1046/j.1469-7580.1998.19230425.x
Date Issue: 1998
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