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Neurosci Lett. 2001 Mar 30;301(2):107-10.

The expression profiles of neurotrophins and their receptors in rat and chicken tissues during development.

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Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology Research Institute, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong, PR China.


Neurotrophic factors are target-derived proteins that promote the survival and differentiation of the innervating neurons. Increasing evidence indicate the involvement of these factors and receptors during the formation and maturation of the neuromuscular junction. To gain further insight on the expression pattern of these factors and receptors in developing spinal cord and skeletal muscle during the critical stages of synapse formation, a systematic study was performed with chicken and rat tissues using Northern blot analysis. The expression of all the neurotrophins was detected in skeletal muscle early in development, coincidental with the appearance of their corresponding receptors in the spinal cord. Taken together, the similar regulatory patterns observed in both rat and chicken tissues suggest that the potential roles of neurotrophins at the neuromuscular synapse are conserved throughout evolution.

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