Remyelination by oligodendrocytes stimulated by antiserum to spinal cord

Moses Rodriguez, Vanda A. Lennon, Etty N. Benveniste, Jean E. Merrill

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The new synthesis of myelin and the proliferation of oligodendrocytes was stimulated by serum from syngeneic mice immunized with homogenized spinal cord (SCH). Treatment with this antiserum produced a 10-fold increase in the area of remyelination in spinal cords that had become demyelinated previously as a result of infection by Theiler’s murine encephalomyelitis virus. Inflammation was decreased in regions of white matter that showed remyelination. Oligodendrocytes exposed to anti-SCH in vitro incorporated three to five times more [3H]thymidine than resting cells did and expressed more myelin basic protein in their cytoplasm, suggesting stimulation of myelinogenesis. Thus, there is a factor present in anti-SCH antiserum that stimulates central nervous system-type remyelination. This finding may provide clues for the therapy of patients with demyelinating disorders such as multiple sclerosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-95
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1987


  • Demyelination
  • Microscopy, electron
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Regeneration
  • Remyelination
  • Theiler’s virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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