Transplantation of dorsal root ganglion into the olfactory bulb of neonatal rats: A histochemical study

Gabriela Sekerková*, želmíra Malatová, Judita Orendáčová, Tatiana žigová

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We have transplanted encapsulated dorsal root ganglia (DRG) from adult Wistar albino rats unilaterally into partially bulbectomized (n = 20) neonatal (P3 –5) rats of the same strain. Three months postoperatively the animals were perfused and their brains processed by direct thiocholine method for cholinesterases (Ch), specific acetylcholinesterase (AChE) and nonspecific butyrylcholinesterase (BuChE) or stained by Cresyl violet. Selected sections were immunohistochemically stained for olfactory marker protein (OMP). In 17 cases we found surviving transplanted DRG. Fifteen transplants were well integrated with the spared portion of the olfactory bulb (OB) as clearly demonstrated by AChE and BuChE histochemistry, while two did not integrate. Regenerated OMP positive olfactory axons originating from neuroepithelium and AChE positive fibres from OB remnant penetrated into the transplants. In one case, fibers connected with BuChE positive Schwann cells grew from the transplanted DRG into the host OB. Individual sensory neurons of the transplants revealed variable intensity of the AChE staining, thus resembling the pattern of AChE activity in normal DRG. BuChE activity was mostly localized on the surface of sensory neurons in the ring of satellite cells. Some BuChE positive blood vessels penetrated into the DRG, and were observed around sensory neurons. The results showed a considerable viability and adaptability of the sensory neurons in the new environment after a long-term transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalRestorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1993


  • Acetylcholinesterase
  • Butyrylcholinesterase
  • Dorsal root ganglion
  • Olfactory bulb
  • Rat
  • Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience


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