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dc.contributor.authorArévalo, María Ángeles-
dc.contributor.authorRoldán, Pedro M.-
dc.contributor.authorChacón, Pedro J.-
dc.contributor.authorRodríguez-Tebar, Alfredo-
dc.identifierdoi: 10.1111/j.1471-4159.2009.06412.x-
dc.identifierissn: 0022-3042-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Neurochemistry 111(6): 1425-1433 (2009)-
dc.description.abstractIn the nervous system, both the shape and connectivity of neurons are strongly influenced by soluble, extracellular factors. Indeed, we recently demonstrated that after binding to p75NTR, the common neurotrophin receptor, nerve growth factor (NGF) controls the morphology and connectivity of cultured mouse hippocampal neurons by encouraging the production of fewer yet longer dendrites, and by augmenting GABAergic connectivity. These effects of NGF are mediated by the differential expression of Enhancer-of-split 1/5 homologs and neurogenin 3. Amyloid β (Aβ), a pathogenic agent in Alzheimer's disease (AD) is known to bind to p75NTR, hence we studied its influence on cultured hippocampal neurons. At 800 nM, Aβ(1-40) prevents NGF-induced activation of NF-κB and consequently, it depresses the expression of Enhancer-of-split 1. Thus, at this concentration, the effect of Aβ on neurons is antagonistic to those provoked by NGF and accordingly, neurons sprout more yet shorter dendrites and their GABAergic input decreases. In contrast, at lower concentration, 20 nM, the amyloid induces cellular effects similar to those induced by NGF, both in terms of gene expression, neuronal morphology, and GABAergic connectivity. Our results demonstrate that Aβ may act as a neurotrophic factor that mimics the activity of NGF. However, at higher concentrations, the amyloid behaves as an antagonist of NGF, contributing to the advent of AD. © 2009 International Society for Neurochemistry.-
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was financed by the ‘Fundació La Caixa’ (grant BM05-184) and the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (grant BFU2005-05629). We are indebted to Rosa Garcia for excellent technical assistance and to Patricia Salama-Cohen for technical help and advice.-
dc.publisherInternational Society for Neurochemistry-
dc.subjectAmyloid β-
dc.subjectDendrite morphology-
dc.subjectGABAergic synapses-
dc.subject.otherNerve growth factor-
dc.titleAmyloid β serves as an NGF-like neurotrophic factor or acts as a NGF antagonist depending on its concentration-
dc.description.versionPeer Reviewed-
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