Does a cytoplasmic bridge connect the CNS axon with the inner loop of myelin?

D. D. Gaton*, A. Solomon, E. Skutelsky, M. Wolman

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Sarah Luse (1959) reported over 30 years ago on the presence of a bridge connecting the axon to the myelin sheath in the central nervous system (CNS). This notion has not been accepted in the literature. Wolman (1992) found that the progress of demyelination in some viral diseases affecting the CNS fits the concept of Luse, as the process occurred primarily along the major dense line of myelin, which is in continuity with the cytoplasm of the oligodendroglial cell. Injection of Lucifer yellow (LY) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) into the vitreous of guinea pigs, with and without iontophoresis, resulted in labeling of the nerve axons and myelin. Labeling of myelin by HRP occurred along the major dense line which indicated that a transient or permanent cytoplasmic bridge connects axons and myelin in the optic nerve.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)597-599
Number of pages3
JournalCellular and Molecular Biology
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - 1992


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