Dynamic changes of glycolipid domains within the plasma membranes of cultured rat cerebellar granule cells have been investigated. For this purpose, a pyrene-labelled derivative of G(M1), ganglioside has been incorporated in the cell plasma membrane, and the rate of excimer formation, directly related to the formation of domains, has been studied by a fluorescence imaging technique (excimer-formation imaging). Fluorescence imaging showed that upon addition of 100 mu M glutamate, indirectly inducing the activation of protein kinase C (PKC), glycolipid concentration within domains increases in cell bodies. Comparable effects were exerted by the addition of PMA, directly inducing the activation of PKC. On the contrary, the phorbol ester was not effective in the presence of the specific PKC inhibitor, bisindolylmaleimide. These results suggest that glycolipid-enriched domains are dynamic supramolecular structures affected by membrane-associated events, such as PKC activation. Dynamic changes of domains could be important in modulating their postulated participation in a series of functions, including signal transduction and lipid/protein sorting.
|Titolo:||Dynamics of glycolipid domains in the plasma membrane of living cultured neurons, following protein kinase C activation : a study performed by excimer-formation imaging|
|Parole Chiave:||Fluorescence imaging; G(M1) ganglioside; Glutamate; Pyrene; Signal transduction|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/10 - Biochimica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||15-nov-1999|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1042/0264-6021:3440177|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|