Figure 5.

Wave front of Wallerian degeneration in a YFP labelled wild-type axon after crush lesion A: The partially degenerated axon that is bracketed was identified in a 44 h crushed wild-type nerve. All more distal regions of this axon are fragmented and all more proximal regions are intact (data not shown). B-D: higher magnification of this axon from (A) around the transition point between intact and fragmented regions. (D) shows the most proximal breakpoint in this nerve and the inferred retrograde direction of propagation of Wallerian degeneration. Immediately proximal to the breakpoint severe vacuolation occupies almost the entire axon thickness. Slightly further proximal in (C), there are also severe YFP negative vacuoles and fragmentation appears imminent at two points (asterisks). Further proximal still in (B), the degree of vacuolation decreases. YFP fluorescence has been pseudo-coloured green with the applied confocal imaging software (Zeiss LSM Software Release 3.2). Scale bars: 50 μm (A) and 10 μm (B, C, D)

Beirowski et al. BMC Neuroscience 2005 6:6   doi:10.1186/1471-2202-6-6
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