Remyelination by oligodendrocytes stimulated by antiserum to spinal cord

M. Rodriguez, Vanda A Lennon, E. N. Benveniste, J. E. Merrill

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Abstract

The new synthesis of myelin and the proliferation of oligodendrocytes was stimulated by serum from syngeneic mice immunized with homogenized spinal cord (SCH). Treatment with this antiserum produced a 10-fold increase in the area of remyelination in spinal cords that had become demyelinated previously as a result of infection by Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus. Inflammation was decreased in regions of white matter that showed remyelination. Oligodendrocytes exposed to anti-SCH in vitro incorporated three to five times more [3H]thymidine than resting cells did and expressed more myelin basic protein in their cytoplasm, suggesting stimulation of myelinogenesis. Thus, there is a factor present in anti-SCH antiserum that stimulates central nervous system-type remyelination. This finding may provide clues for the therapy of patients with demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-95
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Volume46
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987

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Oligodendroglia
Immune Sera
Spinal Cord
Theilovirus
Myelin Basic Protein
Demyelinating Diseases
Myelin Sheath
Thymidine
Multiple Sclerosis
Cytoplasm
Central Nervous System
Inflammation
Therapeutics
Infection
Serum
In Vitro Techniques
White Matter

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  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Neuroscience(all)

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Remyelination by oligodendrocytes stimulated by antiserum to spinal cord. / Rodriguez, M.; Lennon, Vanda A; Benveniste, E. N.; Merrill, J. E.

In: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology, Vol. 46, No. 1, 1987, p. 84-95.

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