Cytochemical localization of ouabain-sensitive, K(+)-dependent p-nitrophenylphosphatase activity in the facial nerve of reserpinized guinea pigs.J Histochem Cytochem. 1997 Aug; 45(8):1129-35.JH
Ion-transporting Na,K-ATPase plays an essential role in nerve conduction. To clarify the cytochemical effects of reserpine on transport Na,K-ATPase activity, the localization of ouabain-sensitive, K(+)-dependent p-nitrophenylphosphatase (K-NPPase) activity was investigated in the facial nerves of normal and reserpinized guinea pigs using a cerium-based method. In the normal facial nerve, the reaction product of K-NPPase activity was observed on the internodal axolemma and Schmidt-Lanterman incisures. In the Ranvier nodes, enzyme activity was localized to the paranodal and nodal axolemma. In the reserpinized nerves, reaction product was detectable on the nodal axolemma but was undetectable on the other parts of the axolemma. Nodal K-NPPase was not affected by reserpine treatment. Therefore, the transport Na,K-ATPase on the nodal axolemma might differ from that on the other parts of the axolemma. Allowing reserpinized animals to survive. Two different ouabain-sensitive K-NPPase reactivities, "reserpine-sensitive" and "reserpine-resistant," might be present in the facial nerve of guinea pigs.