Biochemical and Pharmacological Mechanisms Underlying by P.B. Bradley and R.W. Brimblecombe (Eds.)

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A temporary fusion of cholinergic vesicles with the junctional part of the external nerve ending membrane could be brought about by the presence of lysophosphatides formed in the membrane of the vesicle upon contact with a phospholipase A, that is either located in the synaptosomal membrane or being brought into contact with both membranes by, for example, an approaching lysosome. This could be followed by an emptying of the vesicle and its subsequent restoration by phospholipid-synthesizing enzymes present in the brain.

The distribution pattern did not strictly conform to that of any of the anatomically described afferent fibre systems. The maximum enzyme activity was found in a zone immediately subjacent to the pyramidal cells and in the two zones adjacent to the granular cells (Figs. 2 , 3 and 4). Like these zones the interstices between the pyramidal and granular cells were heavily stained, whereas the cell bodies were pale. Correspondingly, fine dissection of the area around the pyramidal cells showed a reduced activity at the level of the cell bodies (Fig.

8 pmoles/h/g dry wt. 3 pmoles/h/g dry wt. , 3 animals) for area dentata. The abscissa gives approximate widths of dissected samples, the total width through all layers of hippocampus regio superior being ca. 800 pm. For dissection, see Fig. 2. The number of samples/ number of animals for each zone was: A 4/4, Oi 816, Oe 917, P 715,Ri 312, Rm 916, Ro 413, L 312, M 515, Mo 9/3, Mrn 9/3, Co 11/3, S 1113, G 7/3 and H 813. The data presented for zone M were from its rostra1 (pale) part. 4 times higher activity.

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