Theoretical analysis of radioactivity profiles during fast axonal transport: effects of deposition and turnover.
In a preceding study [Blum, J.J., and Reed, M.C. (1985): Cell Motil. 5:507-527], factors responsible for the shape and velocity of the leading edge of the radiolabeled organelle profile were analyzed, but processes that might influence the shape of the plateau-like region behind the advancing wave were ignored. It is now shown that deposition of material from the fast transport system into membrane-associated structures, degradation of such deposited material and its return to the soma by the retrograde transport system, or leakage of radiolabeled material from the axon can account for the shape of the plateau. Furthermore, these processes are compatible with the maintenance of such structural inhomogeneities as the nodes of Ranvier.
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