The abstract of this article says

"...the entire neuron is often not metabolically homogeneous; most of the oxidative activity is usually found in dendrites."

Why would the activity of cytochrome oxidase be localized in the dendrites of the cell? Is it because it has a greater surface area (more channels and such) compared to the rest of the cell?

  • $\begingroup$ How would oxidative activity mean only cytochrome c oxidase? It could mean more oxidation of glucose, which could be due to presence of more channels in dendrites than axon. $\endgroup$ – another 'Homo sapien' Jan 3 '17 at 12:39
  • $\begingroup$ @Metroplex I do not know, the article is talking specifically about histo- and cytochemical methods for mapping activity of cytochrome oxidase. I do not have access to the full article (I'm working on finding it), but I thought asking "where's the full article" would be an inappropriate question. $\endgroup$ – Diio Jan 3 '17 at 19:44

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