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  • 1
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Key words     HLA-DR ; Neuropathies ; Macrophages ; Fibroblasts ; Schwann cells
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract      The expression of HLA-DR and the macrophage marker CD 68 was studied in 44 sural nerve biopsies from patients with inflammatory and non-inflammatory neuropathies and controls using immunohistochemistry on non-osmicated semithin sections, a technique that has not been used before in such a biopsy study. Most HLA-DR-immunoreactive (ir) cells were fibroblasts, macrophages or perineurial cells, some were perivascular and endothelial cells, and only few were Schwann cells. Counts of immunoreactive cells revealed (a) increased HLA-DR expression in severe as compared to less severe neuropathies and to controls, (b) no correlation between the numbers of HLA-DR-ir cells and CD 68-ir macrophages, and (c) no close correlation between diagnostic groups and the number of HLA-DR-ir cells, but higher numbers in inflammatory neuropathies. We conclude that endoneurial fibroblasts and macrophages as antigen-presenting cells may be mediators in various peripheral nerve diseases, not only in inflammatory disorders.
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  • 2
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: HLA-DR ; Neuropathies ; Macrophages Fibroblasts ; Schwann cells
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Abstract The expression of HLA-DR and the macrophage marker CD 68 was studied in 44 sural nerve biopsies from patients with inflammatory and non-inflammatory neuropathies and controls using immunohistochemistry on non-osmicated semithin sections, a technique that has not been used before in such a biopsy study. Most HLA-DR-immunoreactive (ir) cells were fibroblasts, macrophages on perineurial cells, some were perivascular and endothelial cells, and only few were Schwann cells. Counts of immunoreactive cells revealed (a) increased HLA-DR expression in severe as compared to less severe neuropathies and to controls, (b) no correlation between the numbers of HLA-DR-ir cells and CD 68-ir macrophages, and (c) no close correlation between diagnostic groups and the number of HLA-DR-ir cells, but higher numbers in inflammatory neuropathies. We conclude that endoneurial fibroblasts and macrophages as antigen-presenting cells may be mediators in various peripheral nerve diseases, not only in inflammatory disorders.
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  • 3
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Mitochondrial myopathies ; Peripheral neuropathy ; Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy ; Schwann cells ; Arterioles
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Fifteen cases of mitochondrial myopathy, three cases of hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy (HMSN) VI, and 280 cases of neuropathies of different etiologies were examined by electron microscopy for the presence of mitochondrial abnormalities in the sural nerve. Altered mitochondria were found in most cases of mitochondrial myopathy, in all cases of HMSN VI, and in 25 cases out of the series of unselected neuropathies. The mitochondrial changes comprised enlargement with an amorphous matrix and distorted cristae, with hexagonal paracrystalline inclusions, and with prominent cristae containing oblique striations, and a variety of rare changes. Most mitochondrial abnormalities were found in Schwann cells. An increase of the number of mitochondria was noted in smooth muscle and endothelial cells of epineurial arterioles of two cases with mitochondrial encephalomyopathy. Neuropathy was present in all cases of mitochondrial myopathy according to morphometrical analysis. Whether neuropathy is caused directly by mitochondrial dysfunction or by other pathogenetic mechanisms remains to be determined.
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  • 4
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Developing peripheral nerves ; Myelination ; Hypomyelination ; Axon ; Conduction velocity
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Previous studies on sural nerves were extended to human femoral, ulnar, facial and trochlear nerves. An asynchronous development of axon diameter and myelin sheath thickness was noted in all nerves studied. Whereas axons reach their maximal diameter by or before 5 years of age, maximal myelin sheath thickness is not attained before 16–17 years of age, i.e., more than 10 years later. The slope of the regression lines for the ratio between axon diameter and myelin thickness is significantly steeper in older than in younger individuals; it also differs if small and large fibers with more or less than 50 myelin lamellae are evaluated separately. The number of Schmidt-Lanterman incisures during later stages of development is related to myelin thickness, but the length of the spiral of the myelin lamella, thought to unrolled, in relation to its width, i.e., internodal length, varies considerably during development. The changes of the relationship between axons and myelin sheath thickness during normal human development have to be taken into account if hypomyelination is considered as a significant pathological phenomenon in peripheral neuropathies, especially in children. The implications of the present findings concerning conduction velocity of peripheral nerve fibers and other electrophysiologic parameters are discussed.
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    Acta neuropathologica 43 (1978), S. 169-178 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Peripheral nerve ; Myelin ; Axon ; Development ; Interrelationship
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: Summary Axon caliber and myelin sheath thickness of individual nerve fibers were evaluated in the developing human sural nerve using three different methods of measurement: 1. ocular micrometer evaluation of large fibers, 2. photographic enlargements for evaluating large numbers of nerve fibers of all sizes, and 3. electron microscopic enlargements for more precise measurements in selected nerves. the average axonal diameter doubles from 5 months gestation to about 5 years of age. Large fiber group axons increase, during the same period, by a factor of 3–3.5 with a slight decrease thereafter. The myelin thickness increases more slowly, but continuously, between 5 months gestation until the age of 14. This asynchronous development of axons and myelin sheaths results in a statistically significant change of the ratio between axonal caliber and myelin thickness. The slope of the regression line is steeper in older than in younger individuals, and the correlation coefficient increases during development of the nerve.
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  • 6
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    Acta neuropathologica 15 (1970), S. 156-175 
    ISSN: 1432-0533
    Keywords: Peripheral Nerve ; Nerve Degeneration ; Axon ; Mitochondria ; Isoniazid
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Medicine
    Description / Table of Contents: Zusammenfassung Im N. ischiadicus der Ratte kommen etwa doppelt so viele marklose als markhaltige Nervenfasern vor. Das normale zahlenmäßige Verhältnis dieser beiden Fasertypen schwankt in weiten Grenzen. Schon im ungeschädigten Nerven lassen sich bereits an einzelnen marklosen Nervenfasern verschiedenartige regressive Veränderungen wie Strukturverlust und perlschnurförmige Auftreibungen nachweisen; sie sind in der Regel von akuten, toxisch bedingten Veränderungen durch das Fehlen charakteristischer Schwann-Zellreaktionen zu differenzieren. Bei der INH-Neuropathie degenerieren anfangs im Verhältnis zu den markhaltigen nur wenige marklose Nervenfasern. Einige marklose Axone können unregelmäßig konturiert, geschwollen oder geschrumpft erscheinen; dabei lösen sich die Tubuli und Filamente auf; in manchen Fällen verdichtet sich ausch das Axolemm. Die Axonveränderungen werden von Störungen der normalen Axon-Schwann-Zellrelation begleitet. In den Anfangsstadien können manche Schwann-Zellen hochgradig deformiert sein; später verlieren sie ihre Oberflächendifferenzierung und runden sich (auf dem Querschnitt) ab. In der Regel zeigen die marklosen Nervenfasern bei der INH-Neuropathie die gleichen Veränderungen und Störungen der Axon-Schwann-Zellrelation wie bei der Wallerschen Degeneration. Extreme prolapsartige Verformungen von Axonen und Schwann-Zellen sowie mitochondriale Granula haben wir jedoch nur bei der INH-Neuropathie, nicht aber bei der Wallerschen Degeneration beobachtet.
    Notes: Summary In sciatic nerves of rats, there are more than twice as much unmyelinated than myelinated axons. Their ratio varies in a wide range from one area to the other. Some regressive changes are seen already in unmyelinated axons of normal controls (loss of structural components, axonal beading). Usually, these alterations can be distinguished from early experimental lesions by the lack of characteristic Schwann cell reactions. In the beginning of INH-neuropathy, fewer unmyelinated than myelinated nerve fibers are degenerating. Some of the unmyelinated axons may become irregularily folded, swollen, or shrunken while there is a progressive loss of tubules, filaments, normal mitochondria, and sometimes an increase in the thickness of the axolemma. The axonal changes are accompanied by a disturbance of the normal axon-Schwann cell relation. Initially, some Schwann cells may become extremely irregular; later they lose their surface differentiation while their cross sectional contour becomes rather rounded. In general, unmyelinated axons in INH-neuropathy show similar alterations and disturbances of the axon-Schwann cell relation as seen in Wallerian degeneration. Yet extremely deformed unmyelinated nerve fibers, axons as well as Schwann cells, and mitochondrial granules were only observed in INH-neuropathy.
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  • 7
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    Cell & tissue research 273 (1993), S. 499-509 
    ISSN: 1432-0878
    Keywords: Ranvier's node ; Development ; Sural nerve ; Axon ; Myelin sheath ; Paranodal junctions ; Human
    Source: Springer Online Journal Archives 1860-2000
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
    Notes: Abstract Developmental alterations of paranodal fiber segments have not been investigated systematically in human nerve fibers at the light- and electron-microscopic level. We have therefore analyzed developmental changes in the fine structure of the paranode in 43 human sural nerves during the axonal growth period up to 5 years of age, and during the subsequent myelin development up to 20 years and thereafter. The nodal, internodal, and paranodal axon diameters reach their adult values at 4–5 years of age. The ratio between internodal and paranodal axon diameters remains constant at 1.8–2.0. Despite a considerable increase in myelin sheath thickness, the length of the paranodal myelin sheath attachment zone at the axon does not increase correspondingly, because of attenuation, separation from the axolemma, and piling up of myelin loops in the paranode. Separation of variable numbers of terminal myelin loops from the underlying axolemma results in the formation of bracelets of Nageotte, whereas the transverse bands of these loops disappear. The adaptation of the paranodal myelin sheath to axonal expansion during development probably occurs by uneven gliding of the paranodal myelin loops simultaneously with internodal slippage of myelin lamellae. Since mechanically stabilizing structures (tight junctions and desmosomes between adjacent paranodal myelin processes; transverse bands between myelin loops and paranodal axolemma) are unevenly arranged, especially during rapid axonal growth, paranodal axonal growth with simultaneous adaptation of the myelin sheath is probably discontinuous with time.
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