Marker for Axonal Growth Cones - FocusOn 012


Growth cones are specialised sensory structures located at the tip of neurites, which are involved in the mechanism that enables elongation and navigation of axons during neuronal development. Growth cone motility depends on cytoskeletal dynamics. The two major cytoskeletal components in growth cones are actin filaments, which are predominantly located in the peripheral (P)-domain, and microtubules in the central (C)-domain. Spatially localized actin polymerization and depolymerization and actin-myosin interactions generate retrograde movement of actin filaments, which is viewed as a force-generating system to pull the growth cone forward. Growth cones express various cell adhesion molecules (CAMs) that recognize localized guidance cues present on neighboring cells or in the extracellular matrix and translate them into a directed axonal extension. One important axonal CAM is L1, which belongs to the Ig superfamily. L1 serves as both a ligand and a receptor. Therefore, L1-NCAM/CD171 antibodies may serve as a good marker to stain axonal growth cones.

Antibody Tools for Detection of Growth Cones

OriGene Technologies offers a panel of monoclonal and polyclonal antibodies which can be used for the staining of axonal growth cones in immunohistochemical applications; partly these antibodies are also suitable for other immunological methods like Western blotting, Immunoprecipitation or ELISA.

Staining of growth cones of primary olfactory neurons within the olfactory bulb in the developing rat brain using SM1659

Fig.1: Staining of growth cones of primary olfactory neurons within the olfactory bulb in the developing rat brain using SM1659


Stettler O., Bush, M. S., Kasper, M., Schlosshauer, B. and Gordon-Weeks, P. R. 1999. Monoclonal antibody 2G13, a new axonal growth cone marker. J Neurocytol. 28:1035-1044.

Available antibody panel to Growth cones

Growth cone antibody (Axonal growth cones ), CD171 (L1-NCAM / NCAM-L1)

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Primary Antibodies

Catalog No. Host Iso. Clone Pres. React. Applications  

CD171 / L1CAM antibody

Immunohistochemistry analysis of CD171 / L1CAM Antibody (Cat.-No. AP21093PU-N) in paraffin-embedded human brain tissue. Rabbit Aff - Purified Hu, Ms, Rt ICC/IF, P, WB
0.1 mg / €370.00
  OriGene Technologies GmbH

CD171 / L1CAM (C-term) antibody

Western blot analysis in mouse cerebellum tissue lysates (35ug/lane) using CD171 / L1CAM antibody Cat.-No. AP52434PU-N. This demonstrates the L1CAM antibody detected the L1CAM protein (arrow). Rabbit Ig Aff - Purified Hu, Ms WB
0.4 ml / €415.00
  OriGene Technologies GmbH

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