The Patterns of Brain Gangliosides of Rana Catesbiana During Metamorphosis and in the Adult

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Ganglioside patterns were quantitated for brains of bullfrog (Rana catesbiana) at three stages of metamorphosis and adult. At each stage nine gangliosides were identified by mobility on silica gel thin-layer chromatograms, and quantitated on the basis of sialic acid content. A single band with chromatographic mobility close to that of GD2, and doublets close to GT1b and GQ were quantitatively the major ones (over 16% each). Doublets close to GM1 and GD1b and a single band slightly behind GD1a made up 5-10% each. A doublet comigrating with GM3, and bands close to GM2 (trace) and GD3 were present in smaller amounts. The only developmental trend was a slight increase in the proportion of the band close to GD3 from 2.4% (early prometamorphic phase) to 9.1% (adult). This suggests that changes in the regenerative capacity of frog nervous tissues during metamorphosis are due to changes other than ganglioside composition.