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Although both c-Ret and GFRalpha1 are required for responsiveness to GDNF, GFRalpha1 is widely expressed in the absence of c-Ret, suggesting alternative roles for "ectopic" sites of GFRalpha1 expression. We show that GFRalpha1 is released by neuronal cells, Schwann cells, and injured sciatic nerve. c-Ret stimulation in trans by soluble or immobilized(More)
TGFalpha is a member of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) family with which it shares the same receptor, the EGF receptor (EGFR). Synthesis of TGFalpha and EGFR in reactive astrocytes developing after CNS insults is associated with the differentiative and mitogenic effects of TGFalpha on cultured astrocytes. This suggests a role for TGFalpha in the(More)
Ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF) acts on immature astrocytes that express its trimeric receptor. In contrast, mature astrocytes do not significantly express the specific CNTFalpha receptor subunit, yet they respond to CNTF administration in vivo. Here we show that this controversy may be solved by a shift in astroglial sensitivity to CNTF over time,(More)
The enhanced expression of the trophic factor transforming growth factor alpha (TGF alpha) in reactive astrocytes following CNS injury suggests that TGF alpha has a role in the development of astrogliosis. We explored this hypothesis in the murine mutant wobbler, which presents a progressive motoneuronal degeneration associated with an astrogliosis.(More)
The molecular events leading to motoneuronal death are still poorly understood. In mammals, the bcl-2 proto-oncogene, which encodes a membrane-associated protein, has been shown to suppress both developmental motoneuronal death and experimental axotomy-induced motoneuronal death. We assessed a potential protective effect of Bcl-2 on pathological(More)
The catalytic and signaling activities of RET, a tyrosine kinase receptor for glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), are controlled by the autophosphorylation of several tyrosine residues in the RET cytoplasmic domain. To analyze the phosphorylation state of individual tyrosines, we generated antibodies recognizing specific phosphotyrosine(More)
The normal function of the cellular prion protein, PrP(c), remains largely unknown. Recently, PrP(c) has been implicated in the regulation of neuronal survival and was shown to confer neuroprotection in the brain. To pursue investigation of the role of PrP(c) in the CNS, we used the facial nerve section, a well-established experimental model of motoneuronal(More)
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) family ligands are target-derived trophic factors for several neuronal subpopulations. They promote survival and neurite outgrowth through binding to specific members of the GDNF family receptor alpha (GFR alpha) and subsequent activation of the RET tyrosine kinase receptor. Using compartmentalized cultures(More)
West Nile virus (WNV) is a neurotropic flavivirus that cycles between mosquitoes and birds but that can also infect humans, horses, and other vertebrate animals. In most humans, WNV infection remains subclinical. However, 20%-40% of those infected may develop WNV disease, with symptoms ranging from fever to meningoencephalitis. A large variety of WNV(More)
Expression of transforming growth factor alpha (TGFalpha), a member of the epidermal growth factor (EGF) family, is a general response of adult murine motoneurons to genetic and experimental lesions, TGFalpha appearing as an inducer of astrogliosis in these situations. Here we address the possibility that TGFalpha expression is not specific to pathological(More)