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Mol Cell Neurosci. 2006 Aug;32(4):387-402. Epub 2006 Jul 14.

The localization, trafficking and retrograde transport of BDNF bound to p75NTR in sympathetic neurons.

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Cancer Research and Developmental Biology Programs, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, and Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2B4.


BDNF, through p75NTR, promotes apoptosis and inhibits axonal growth of sympathetic neurons, antagonizing the pro-survival and axon growth-promoting actions of NGF through TrkA. While the trafficking of the TrkA:NGF complex is well characterized, little is known about p75NTR:BDNF trafficking in these neurons. Here we show that BDNF binds to and appears inside sympathetic neurons relatively slowly, although the temperature-sensitive internalization step itself is rapid. P75NTR internalization is partially sensitive to disruption of clathrin- or raft-mediated internalization, while that of TrkA is entirely clathrin-mediated. P75NTR, but not Trk, associates with neurotrophins in lipid rafts and coimmunoprecipitates with the truncated beta-caveolin-1 isoform. Finally, we directly visualize the retrograde transport of p75NTR ligands to cell bodies, which is insensitive to inhibitors of Trk retrograde transport, suggesting mechanistic differences. We postulate that beta-caveolin-1-containing lipid rafts and possibly intracellular endosomes might be compartments to which p75NTR:BDNF complexes are trafficked separately from Trk.

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