Effect of peripheral nerve on the neurite growth from retinal explants in culture
Liu Li and So Kwokfai Shanghai Institute of Cell Biology, Academia Sinica, Shanghai, China Department of Anatomy, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
The effect of peripheral nerve (PN) on neurite outgrowth from retinal explants of adult hamsters was examined. Cultures of retinal explants, and co-cultures of retinal explants and PN were performed using chick retinal basement membrane (BM) as substrate. The presence of PN increases the number and length of neurite outgrowth. In addition, a high proportion of neurites situated close to PN tend to grow towards it. Since there was no contact between retinal ex-plants and PN, we suggest that PN might secrete diffusible substances to attract the neurites to grow towards it.