Rho-1C5, a monoclonal antibody sensitive to phosphorylation of rhodopsin, bound to the retinal photoreceptor cell body region of dark-adapted but not light-adapted 8 to 13-day-old-rats. There was no cell body labeling visible either before or after this time, although the photoreceptor outer segments were labeled at all times from postnatal day 5 (PN5) onwards, in both light and dark adapted retinas. However, opsin was detectable in the photoreceptor cell body region from birth onwards using another rhodopsin antibody binding to a site unaffected by phosphorylation. Competitive inhibition radioimmunoassays also indicated light-dependent differences in Rho-1C5 binding at PN8 and adult. Biochemical studies showed light-dependent phosphorylation of rhodopsin at PN8, PN13 (just after eye opening) and adult. These data indicate that rhodopsin can be phosphorylated in a light-regulated manner early in development before eye opening and imply that photoactive chromophores can attach to opsin in the cell body as well as the outer segment.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||European journal of cell biology|
|State||Published - Oct 1987|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine
- Cell Biology