Expression of major histocompatibility complex class I antigens in the demyelinating twitcher CNS and PNS

Masako Taniike, Jill R. Marcus, Brian Popko, Kinuko Suzuki*

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The expression of the major histocompatibility complex Class I antigens (Class 1) was investigated in the nervous system of twitcher (C57BL/6J-twi), a murine model of Krabbe disease in humans. Class I mRNA expression was low in wild type and in twitcher mice prior to the onset of demyelination. However, immunoreactivity for Class I antigens was demonstrated in the spindle-shaped cells in the sciatic nerve and in ramified microglia, endothelial cells and Bergmann glia. In twitcher, transcription of Class I mRNA increased significantly with the progression of demyelination and Mac- 1+ macrophages/microglia express Class I immunoreactivity. Class I immunoreactivity was also found in CD3+ T-cells that were scattered in demyelinating lesions. CD8+ or CD4+ cells were also found in the demyelinating area. The results of this study indicate that immunoreactivity to Class I antigens is detected in certain cells even in the wild-type mice and that Class I expression is enhanced in the twitcher nervous system paralleling the progression of demyelination. Expression of MHC molecules in non-immunological demyelinating disease such as twitcher may suggest a role of Class I molecules in the progression of demyelination. Alternatively, the expression may be a non-specific cellular response to the breakdown of myelin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)539-546
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 1997


  • Bergmann glia
  • CD8 lymphocytes
  • H-2 antigen
  • macrophage
  • microglia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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