Age-related changes of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) immunoreactivity were investigated in the cerebellar cortex of young (3 months), adult (12 months) and old (24 months) rats using immunohistochemical techniques associated with image analysis. In young rats, cell bodies of GFAP-immunoreactive astrocytes were found in the white matter and in the granular layer of cerebellar cortex. Radially-oriented branches of astrocytes which are sited in the granular layer were also observed in the molecular layer. The number of GFAP-immunoreactivity astrocytes of white matter was decreased in adult and old rats in comparison with young cohorts, whereas their size increased progressively from 3 to 24 months old. The number and the size of GFAP-immunoreactive astrocytes of the granular layer was similar in young and adult rats. An increased number and size of GFAP-immunoreactive astrocytes was noticeable in old rats in comparison with younger cohorts. The number of radially oriented branches of the molecular layer was the same in the three age groups investigated. The above results indicate that GFAP-immunoreactive astrocytes of rat cerebellar cortex undergo age-related changes. The not homogeneous sensitivity to aging of cerebellar astrocytes suggests that evaluation of changes of different cell populations of cerebellar cortex should represent an important step of research on aging cerebellum.

Age-related changes of glial fibrillary acidic protein immunoreactive astrocytes in the rat cerebellar cortex.

AMENTA, Francesco
1999

Abstract

Age-related changes of glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) immunoreactivity were investigated in the cerebellar cortex of young (3 months), adult (12 months) and old (24 months) rats using immunohistochemical techniques associated with image analysis. In young rats, cell bodies of GFAP-immunoreactive astrocytes were found in the white matter and in the granular layer of cerebellar cortex. Radially-oriented branches of astrocytes which are sited in the granular layer were also observed in the molecular layer. The number of GFAP-immunoreactivity astrocytes of white matter was decreased in adult and old rats in comparison with young cohorts, whereas their size increased progressively from 3 to 24 months old. The number and the size of GFAP-immunoreactive astrocytes of the granular layer was similar in young and adult rats. An increased number and size of GFAP-immunoreactive astrocytes was noticeable in old rats in comparison with younger cohorts. The number of radially oriented branches of the molecular layer was the same in the three age groups investigated. The above results indicate that GFAP-immunoreactive astrocytes of rat cerebellar cortex undergo age-related changes. The not homogeneous sensitivity to aging of cerebellar astrocytes suggests that evaluation of changes of different cell populations of cerebellar cortex should represent an important step of research on aging cerebellum.
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