Post-transcriptional regulation by brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the nervous system

Alexandra M. Amen, Daniel L. Pham, Mollie K Meffert

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a prominent regulator of activity-dependent neuronal gene expression. Through activation of Tropomyosin-related kinase B (TrkB) receptors, BDNF signaling promotes neuronal growth, survival, and plasticity by regulating both transcription and translation. BDNF produces a modest increase in total cellular translation in neurons, which occurs both in the cell soma and in dendrites. Recent research has demonstrated, however, that the effects of BDNF on translation show a high degree of transcript-selectivity, with specific increases in translation of a restricted subset of pro-growth mRNAs. The selectivity of post-transcriptional changes in gene expression is increasingly understood to underlie protein-synthesis-dependent functions of BDNF, such as in neuronal growth and long-term synaptic plasticity. This review will primarily discuss mechanisms through which BDNF regulates translational specificity both locally and globally, and subsequent physiological responses to BDNF requiring novel translation. Elucidating post-transcriptional mechanisms of gene control and their downstream effects is crucial to understanding the role of BDNF in normal cognitive function and its dysregulation in disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPost-Transcriptional Mechanisms in Endocrine Regulation
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Pages315-337
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9783319251240
ISBN (Print)9783319251226
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
Neurology
Nervous System
Gene expression
Plasticity
Growth
trkB Receptor
Gene Expression
Tropomyosin
Neuronal Plasticity
Carisoprodol
Transcription
Dendrites
Cognition
Neurons
Phosphotransferases
Genes
Chemical activation
Messenger RNA
Research

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  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Amen, A. M., Pham, D. L., & Meffert, M. K. (2015). Post-transcriptional regulation by brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the nervous system. In Post-Transcriptional Mechanisms in Endocrine Regulation (pp. 315-337). Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25124-0_14

Post-transcriptional regulation by brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the nervous system. / Amen, Alexandra M.; Pham, Daniel L.; Meffert, Mollie K.

Post-Transcriptional Mechanisms in Endocrine Regulation. Springer International Publishing, 2015. p. 315-337.

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Amen, AM, Pham, DL & Meffert, MK 2015, Post-transcriptional regulation by brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the nervous system. in Post-Transcriptional Mechanisms in Endocrine Regulation. Springer International Publishing, pp. 315-337. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25124-0_14
Amen AM, Pham DL, Meffert MK. Post-transcriptional regulation by brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the nervous system. In Post-Transcriptional Mechanisms in Endocrine Regulation. Springer International Publishing. 2015. p. 315-337 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-25124-0_14
Amen, Alexandra M. ; Pham, Daniel L. ; Meffert, Mollie K. / Post-transcriptional regulation by brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the nervous system. Post-Transcriptional Mechanisms in Endocrine Regulation. Springer International Publishing, 2015. pp. 315-337
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