Figure 7.

The Wallerian degeneration wave runs through individual axons and leaves uniformly degenerated fibres without gradients of fragmentation A: Confocal composite picture showing six consecutive lengths (from top to bottom in overview) of the proximodistal course of an individual completely fragmented YFP labelled axon within a peripheral nerve stump 42 h after transection injury without any features of a degeneration gradient. Note that this axon has fragmented in its proximal (upper inset) and distal (lower inset) site equally. Axonal fragments are clearly demarcated by fluorescence interruptions (arrows in insets). YFP fluorescence has been pseudo-coloured yellow with the applied confocal imaging software (Biorad LaserSharp 2000). Scale bar: 500 μm B, C: Graphs showing the number of axonal breaks along 10 YFP labelled axons without apparent gradient of fragmentation in relation to the distance in mm from the cut point 37 h to 42 h after cut lesion. Means and standard deviations are presented in (B). Note that axonal breaks and therefore fragmentation is homogenously dispersed through the axon lengths. D, E: Graphs showing the number of axonal breaks along 10 YFP labelled axons without apparent gradient of fragmentation in relation to the distance in mm from the crush point 40 h to 44 h after crush lesion. Means and standard deviations are presented in (E). Note that axonal breaks and therefore fragmentation is homogenously dispersed through the axon lengths.

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