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Maharana, C and Sharma, KP and Sharma, SK (2013) Feedback mechanism in depolarization-induced sustained activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase in the hippocampus. Sci. Rep, 3 (1103).

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Abstract

Phosphorylation plays important roles in several processes including synaptic plasticity and memory. The critical role of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in these processes is well established. ERK is activated in a sustained manner by different stimuli. However, the mechanisms of sustained ERK activation are not completely understood. Here we show that KCl depolarization-induced sustained ERK activation in the hippocampal slices is critically dependent on protein synthesis and transcription. In addition, the sustained ERK activation requires receptor tyrosine kinase(s) activity. In support of a role for a growth factor in sustained ERK activation, KCl depolarization enhances the level of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Furthermore, BDNF antibody blocks KCl-induced sustained ERK activation. These results suggest a positive feed-back loop in which depolarization-induced BDNF maintains ERK activation in the sustained phase.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Neurodegenerative Disorders
Neuro-Oncological Disorders
Neurocognitive Processes
Neuronal Development and Regeneration
Informatics and Imaging
Genetics and Molecular Biology
Depositing User: Mr D.D. Lal
Date Deposited: 08 May 2017 04:44
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 05:40
URI: http://nbrc.sciencecentral.in/id/eprint/100

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