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Signaling mechanisms of daidzein-induced axonal outgrowth in hippocampal neurons.

Authors: Wang, P  Jeng, CJ  Chien, CL  Wang, SM 
Citation: Wang P, etal., Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2008 Feb 8;366(2):393-400. Epub 2007 Dec 4.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:18062921
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1016/j.bbrc.2007.11.147

We aim to study the mechanisms underlying the neurotrophic effect of daidzein (Dz) in hippocampal neurons. Dz-enhanced axonal outgrowths manifested growth cone formation and increased immunostaining intensity of growth-associated protein 43 (GAP-43) in growth cones. Consistent with this, Dz increased GAP-43 phosphorylation and its membrane translocation without affecting total GAP-43 levels. In the presence of Dz, significant increase in the immunoreactivity for estrogen receptor (ER) beta, but not ERalpha, was observed on the membrane of cell bodies and growing axons. Dz also induced the activation of protein kinase C alpha (PKCalpha), which was inhibited by the ICI182,780 pretreatment. Similarly, Dz-promoted axonal elongation was blocked by ICI182,780 and Go6976. Moreover, Dz-stimulated activation of GAP-43 was specifically abolished by Go6976, suggesting PKCalpha being the upstream effector of GAP-43. Taken together, our data suggest that Dz triggers an ERbeta/PKCalpha/GAP-43 signaling cascade to promote axonal outgrowths in cultured hippocampal neurons.


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Created: 2008-05-27
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Last Modified: 2008-05-27
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