Table 3

Presence of gangliosides in nerves within the rat muscle spindle

Antibody againstNerve*Putative nerve ending on the surface of intrafusal muscle fibres
Parvalbumin-positiveParvalbumin-negative
GQ1b24/25 (96%)6/15 (40%)1.5/spindle
GD1b15/17 (88%)14/17 (82%)1.6/spindle
  • * Nerves were defined by their shape and size after identification with neurofilament 200 KD-positive staining and comparing with intrafusal muscle fibres.

  • Number of positively stained nerves/total cross sectioned nerves.

  • Mean number of positively stained nerve endings/one cross sectioned spindle.