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Antibody Sampler Kit Regulation of Axon Diameter

The Neurofilament Antibody Sampler Kit provides an economical means of evaluating neurofilaments. The kit contains enough primary and secondary antibodies to perform two western blot experiments per primary antibody.

Background: The cytoskeleton consists of three types of cytosolic fibers: actin microfilaments, intermediate filaments, and microtubules. Neurofilaments are the major intermediate filaments found in neurons and consist of light (NFL), medium (NFM), and heavy (NFH) subunits (1). Similar in structure to other intermediate filament proteins, neurofilaments have a globular amino-terminal head, a central α-helical rod domain, and a carboxy-terminal tail. A heterotetrameric unit (NFL-NFM and NFL-NFH) forms a protofilament, with eight protofilaments comprising the typical 10 nm intermediate filament (2). While neurofilaments are critical for radial axon growth and determine axon caliber, microtubules are involved in axon elongation. PKA phosphorylates the head domain of NFL and NFM to inhibit neurofilament assembly (3,4). Research studies have shown neurofilament accumulations in many human neurological disorders including Parkinson's disease (in Lewy bodies along with α-synuclein), Alzheimer's disease, Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (1).

The Neuronal Marker IF Antibody Sampler Kit provides an economical means for labeling neuronal structures by immunofluorescence (IF-F). This kit includes enough primary antibody to perform at least forty IF-F tests or two western blot experiments per primary antibody.