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Curr Biol. 2004 May 25;14(10):840-50.

MAP1B is required for Netrin 1 signaling in neuronal migration and axonal guidance.

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Developmental Neurobiology and Regeneration Unit, Institut de Recerca Biomedica de Barcelona, Barcelona Science Park and Department of Cell Biology, University of Barcelona, Barcelona 08028, Spain.



The signaling cascades governing neuronal migration and axonal guidance link extracellular signals to cytoskeletal components. MAP1B is a neuron-specific microtubule-associated protein implicated in the crosstalk between microtubules and actin filaments.


Here we show that Netrin 1 regulates, both in vivo and in vitro, mode I MAP1B phosphorylation, which controls MAP1B activity, in a signaling pathway that depends essentially on the kinases GSK3 and CDK5. We also show that map1B-deficient neurons from the lower rhombic lip and other brain regions have reduced chemoattractive responses to Netrin 1 in vitro. Furthermore, map1B mutant mice have severe abnormalities, similar to those described in netrin 1-deficient mice, in axonal tracts and in the pontine nuclei.


These data indicate that MAP1B phosphorylation is controlled by Netrin 1 and that the lack of MAP1B impairs Netrin 1-mediated chemoattraction in vitro and in vivo. Thus, MAP1B may be a downstream effector in the Netrin 1-signaling pathway.

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