Title

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

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-1985

Description

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.

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