Life and Medical Sciences
Cell & Developmental Biology
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Chemistry and Pharmacology
The presence of spectrin was demonstrated in chick osteoclasts by Western blotting and light and electron microscopic immunolocalization. Additionally, screening of a chick osteoclast cDNA library revealed the presence of α-spectrin. Light microscope level immunocytochemical staining of osteoclasts in situ revealed spectrin staining throughout the cytoplasm with heavier staining found at the marrow-facing cell margin and around the nuclei. Confocal microscopy of isolated osteoclasts plated onto a glass substrate showed that spectrin encircled the organelle-rich cell center. Nuclei and cytoplasmic inclusions were also stained and the plasma membrane was stained in a nonuniform, patchy distribution corresponding to regions of apparent membrane ruffling. Ultracytochemical localization showed spectrin to be found at the plasma membrane and distributed throughout the cytoplasm with especially intense staining of the nuclear membrane and filaments within the nuclear compartment. J. Cell. Biochem. 71:204-215, 1998. © 1998 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
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