Sciatic nerve axotomy induces the transganglionic expression of the growth associated protein GAP-43 and neuropeptide Y (NPY) in lumbar DRG projections to the gracile nucleus. Four weeks after axotomy young animals had developed delicate GAP-43 and NPY-immunoreactive axonal sprouts in the gracile nuclei; however, an identical insult to aged (14-26 months) animals resulted in the labeling of swollen dystrophic elements and fewer delicate axonal sprouts. Unilateral sciatic transection in young rats with subsequent frustration of regeneration for 8 months resulted in ipsilateral gracile neuroaxonal dystrophy as assessed by ultrastructural, immunohistologic and quantitative morphometric techniques.
- Dorsal root ganglia
- Neuroaxonal dystrophy