Expression of sodium channel α- and β-subunits in the nervous system of the myelin-deficient rat

Paul A. Felts, Joel A. Black, Stephen G. Waxman

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

8 Citations (Scopus)


Using subtype-specific riboprobes and a non-isotope in situ hybridization technique, the pattern of expression of the mRNAs for voltage dependent sodium channel α-subunits I, II, III and NaG, and the β1-subumt were compared in myelin-deficient rats and unaffected male littermates. Tissues examined included the hippocampus, cerebellum, spinal cord and dorsal root ganglia. Previous studies have demonstrated that the expression of sodium channel α- and β1-subunits follows a distinct temporal and spatial pattern during development, characterized in part by greater expression of α-subunit III and its mRNA during development than in the adult. We examined animals of 20-22 days of age, a time when, according to earlier reports, the unaffected animals should nearly have reached an adult expression pattern. Normal male littermates were indeed found to express a sodium channel subunit mRNA pattern generally consistent with previous reports on adult rats. Myelin-deficient animals exhibited an expression pattern identical to the unaffected littermates, indicating that myelination is not required for the progression from the embryonic to the adult expression pattern of sodium channel subunits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)654-666
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Neurocytology
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sept 1995


  • Spinal Cord
  • Dorsal Root Ganglion
  • Sodium Channel
  • Dorsal Root
  • Hybridization Technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Histology
  • Cell Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'Expression of sodium channel α- and β-subunits in the nervous system of the myelin-deficient rat'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this