Neural expression of constitutive hsc70 mRNA and hyperthermia‐inducible hsp70 mRNA is examined using radioactive and non‐radioactive in situ hybridization procedures. A strong induction of hsp70 mRNA was noted in cell populations in cerebellar layers and in the brainstem which demonstrated expression of mRNA encoding proteolipid protein, an oligodendrocyte marker. The non‐radioactive in situ hybridization procedure using digoxigenin (DIG)‐UTP‐labeled riboprobes permitted improved signal localization, and stress‐inducible hsp70 mRNA was detected at the cytoplasmic cap areas of individual oligodendrocytes. Cell types which express constitutive members of the hsc/hsp70 multigene family were also identified. Neurons in the brainstem and in the deep white matter and molecular layer of the cerebellum showed expression of hsc70 mRNA while signal was not detected in adjacent glial cells. A neuron‐specific enolase riboprobe aided in the identification of neuronal cell types. The non‐radioactive DIG riboprobe revealed that hsc70 mRNA was highly localized to the cyto‐plasm of individual neurons. High constitutive levels of hsc70 in certain neurons may dampen hsp70 induction after hyperthermia in these cell populations. © 1995 Wiley‐Liss, Inc.
- stress proteins
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience