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Mol Cell Neurosci. 2001 Sep;18(3):320-31.

Analysis of the NF-kappa B and PI 3-kinase/Akt survival pathways in nerve growth factor-dependent neurons.

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  • 1Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York 14642, USA.


Nerve growth factor (NGF) readdition to NGF-deprived neurons can halt Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) activation, cytochrome c release, and cell death through mechanisms that may involve phosphatidylinositol (PI) 3-kinase, Akt, and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappaB). We found that expression of the NF-kappaB protein c-Rel in NGF-deprived neurons blocks cytochrome c release but does not inhibit c-Jun phosphorylation. Conversely, inhibition of NF-kappaB in NGF-maintained neurons promotes cytochrome c release and cell death. In contrast to c-Rel, activated PI 3-kinase and Akt inhibit c-Jun phosphorylation but have only a small effect on cytochrome c release. Finally, although c-Rel can protect neurons from death caused by inhibitors of PI 3-kinase or Akt, NF-kappaB function is not critical for Akt-promoted survival. These results suggest that the PI 3-kinase/Akt and NF-kappaB survival pathways target distinct cell death events in neurons.

Copyright 2001 Academic Press.

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