Phosphorylation of Nuclear Proteins in Myelinating Oligodendrocytes and Its Control by Cyclic AMP

Carmen Sato‐Bigbee, Robert K. Yu

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: Oligodendroglial nuclei isolated from rat brains at different stages of myelinogenesis (10,18, and 30 days of age) were incubated with (γ‐32P]ATP and extracted with 0.75 Mperchloric acid to yield a fraction of nonacidic chromatin proteins. The protein extracts were then analyzed by poly‐acrylamide gel electrophoresis. The phosphorylation pattern of these proteins was found to be different for different age groups. In 10‐day‐old rat Oligodendrocytes the most extensive phosphorylation occurred in low molecular mass species (<30 kDa), in contrast to fractions obtained from 18‐and 30‐day‐old rat Oligodendrocytes which showed a significantly higher labeling of the proteins with molecular masses >30 kDa. The phosphorylation of the latter species was greatly stimulated by the presence of cyclic AMP in the incubation media. The results suggest that the phosphorylation of specific nuclear proteins, which may play a regulatory role at different stages of oligodendroglial maturation and myelinogenesis, may be at least partially modulated by intracellular cyclic AMP.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1650-1655
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Myelination
  • Nuclear protein phosphorylation
  • Oligodendrocytes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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