In this study, changes in the amount of nuclear envelope invaginations (NEI) were quantitatively assessed after axotomy during the late nuclear maturation stages (15, 20 and 25 days postnatal age) and in the adult (100-day-old) hamster facial motoneurons. These changes were expressed as boundary density or BA (length of nuclear envelope per unit area of nucleus). Absolute nuclear areas and perimeters were also estimated after axotomy at these ages. At 1 2 and 1 day after axotomy, no differences in the above parameters were noted at any of the operative ages. At 4 days postoperative, the peak of chromatolysis for all these ages, axotomy resulted in significant decreases in BA and nuclear perimeter in the immature neurons and no changes in BA and nuclear perimeter in the adult neurons. In addition, 4 days after axotomy at 20 days postnatal and later ages, pronounced increases in nuclear area occurred. These quantitative results are interpreted as evidence that the accelerated loss of NEI after axotomy during the final stages of nuclear maturation in these neurons is related to the formation of rough endoplasmic reticulum (RER) or Nissl substance. The hypothesis that an 'excess' of RER is accumulated during the late maturation stages and may account for the lack of NEI in the adult axotomized facial motoneuron is presented.
- facial motoneuron
- nuclear envelope invagination
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental Neuroscience
- Developmental Biology