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Gene Expr Patterns. 2004 May;4(3):257-61.

Expression of BDNF and TrkB receptor subtypes in the postnatal developing Purkinje cells of monkey cerebellum.

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Division of Biochemistry and Cellular Biology, National Institute of Neuroscience, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Tokyo 187-8502, Japan.


In the previous study, we have shown the complementary expression of TrkB subtypes (TK+ and T1) in the adult monkey cerebellar cortex. In this study, to clarify when that expression pattern appeared, we examined the expressions of TrkB subtypes and its ligand brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) by immunohistochemistry and Western blot analysis. At the newborn stage, both TK+ and T1 were expressed uniformly in the cerebellar cortex. At postnatal month 3.5, the uneven expression of TrkB subtypes was observed, while the BDNF immunoreactivity was strongly detected in all regions of the cerebellar cortex. The expression patterns of TrkB subtypes and BDNF at both postnatal month 6 and year 7 were the same as those at postnatal month 3.5. Western blot analysis demonstrated that TK+ and T1 were expressed at high levels in the synaptic membrane from newborn to adult stages. Furthermore, the dimerization of TrkB subtypes changed at postnatal month 3, which was similar to the adult pattern: at the newborn stage, the TK+ and TK- homodimers; after postnatal month 3.5, the TK+ and TK- homodimers, and the TK+/TK- heterodimer. These findings suggest that the localization of TrkB subtypes in each Purkinje would be changed at postnatal month 3.5, resulting in the uneven expression of TrkB subtypes and the change of TrkB dimerization.

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