The mycotoxin 3-nitropropionic acid (3NP) is an irreversible inhibitor that induces neuronal damage by inhibiting mitochondrial complex II. Neurodegeneration induced by 3NP, which is preferentially induced in the striatum, is caused by an excess influx and accumulation of calcium in mitochondria. Osteopontin (OPN) is a glycosylated phosphoprotein and plays a role in the regulation of calcium precipitation in the injured brain. The present study was designed to examine whether induction of OPN protein is implicated in the pathogenesis of 3NP-induced striatal neurodegeneration. We observed overlapping regional expression of OPN, the neurodegeneration marker Fluoro-Jade B, and the microglial marker ionized calcium-binding adaptor molecule 1 (Iba1) in the 3NP-lesioned striatum. OPN expression was closely associated with the mitochondrial marker NADH dehydrogenase (ubiquinone) flavoprotein 2 in the damaged striatum. In addition, immunoelectron microscopy demonstrated that OPN protein was specifically localized to the inner membrane and matrix of the mitochondria in degenerating striatal neurons, and cell fragments containing OPN-labeled mitochondria were also present within activated brain macrophages. Thus, our study revealed that OPN expression is associated with mitochondrial dysfunction produced by 3NP-induced alteration of mitochondrial calcium homeostasis, suggesting that OPN is involved in the pathogenesis of striatal degeneration by 3NP administration.
It has been recently reported that the centrosome of neurons does not have microtubule nucleating activity. Microtubule nucleation requires γ-tubulin as well as its recruiting proteins, GCP-WD/NEDD1 and CDK5RAP2 that anchor γ-tubulin to the centrosome. Change in the localization of these proteins during in vivo development of brain, however, has not been well examined. In this study we investigate the localization of γ-tubulin, GCP-WD and CDK5RAP2 in developing cerebral and cerebellar cortex with immunofluorescence. We found that γ-tubulin and its recruiting proteins were localized at centrosomes of immature neurons, while they were lost at centrosomes in mature neurons. This indicated that the loss of microtubule nucleating activity at the centrosome of neurons is due to the loss of γ-tubulin-recruiting proteins from the centrosome. RT-PCR analysis revealed that these proteins are still expressed after birth, suggesting that they have a role in microtubule generation in cell body and dendrites of mature neurons. Microtubule regrowth experiments on cultured mature neurons showed that microtubules are nucleated not at the centrosome but within dendrites. These data indicated the translocation of microtubule-organizing activity from the centrosome to dendrites during maturation of neurons, which would explain the mixed polarity of microtubules in dendrites.
We performed pre-embedding electron microscopic study for visualizing the antigen and genome of severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) virus in the cytoplasm of macrophages of the human splenic red pulp, both requesting preheating treatment of sections. To pursue this, coated glass slides with unique characteristics are needed. Namely, during staining they must prevent detaching off sections, but after staining the sections must be transferred to epoxy resin. Aminopropyltriexoxysilane-coated glass slides, widely used for immunostaining, were resistant to transfer to epoxy resin. In contrast, coated glass slides designated as Thinlayer Advanced Cytology Assay System (TACAS) were suitable for this purpose. The technique is also applicable to the coated glass slide-requiring cytology practice, in which immunocytochemical evaluation is needed after cell transfer to another glass slide.
Leucine-rich repeat-containing G-protein coupled receptor 5, or LGR5, is a molecule that recognizes stem cells in multiple organs and also in colon cancer. Previously, we have developed monoclonal antibodies specific to LGR5 protein that can be used for immunofluorescence staining, but because a very low level of LGR5 protein is expressed, the visualization technique needed to be enhanced. To develop procedures to detect LGR5 protein in various specimens by immunofluorescence staining, we evaluated the Alexa-labeled streptavidin biotin (LSAB), the Qdot, and the tyramide methods. The detection sensitivity was highest in the tyramide method followed by the Qdot method, whereas subcellular localization of the protein was most clear in the Qdot method, because the Qdot method gave a high S/N ratio that could show a low background. Thus, the tyramide method is superior to the Q-dot method for intensifying the signal of a low expression protein, and the Qdot method is superior to the tyramide method for identifying the subcellular localization of the target protein. The results of the present study will be helpful in providing more insight into the pathophysiological roles of LGR5-positive cancer stem cells and in developing therapeutic approaches for targeting cancer stem cells.