Neurofibrillary tangles in the senile dementia of the Alzheimer type share an antigenic determinant with imtermediate filaments of the vimentin class

S. H. Yen, F. Gaskin, S. M. Fu

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Abstract

A monoclonal antibody produced by a hybridoma between a plasmacytoma cell and a spleen cell from a mouse immunized with human brain microtubule fraction was demonstrated to stain neurofibrillary tangles of senile dementia of the Alzheimer type (SDAT). The antibody recognized at least 50% of the tangles in neuronal perikarya isolated from SDAT brains and stained a filamentous network in HeLa cells, fibroblasts. and astrocytes. It did not stain skin epithelial cells or neurons isolated from normal brains but reacted with Z bands in skeletal muscle. The monoclonal antibody stained coils in colchicine and colcemid-treated cultured cells in a pattern characteristic of 10-nm intermediate-sized filaments. Immunoblotting of Triton-insoluble cytoskeletal proteins of cultured cells electrophoresed in SDS polyacrylamide gels showed that the antigenic determinant is present in proteins of molecular weight 58,000 which comigrates with vementin. Thus, it appears that the neurofibrillary tangles in SDAT share an antigenic determinant with vementin. (Am J Pathol 1983, 113:373-381)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-381
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Pathology
Volume113
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

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