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Neurosci Lett. 1995 Jul 21;194(3):181-4.

Up-regulation of trkB mRNA expression in the rat striatum after seizures.

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Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.


The present study investigates the expression of a tyrosine kinase receptor (trkB), its specific ligands brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and neurotrophin-4 (NT-4) mRNAs in the striatum after seizures. The result showed an increase of trkB mRNA expression, both with and without tyrosine kinase domain, in the caudate-putamen and nucleus accumbens, but not in the globus pallidus. This increase peaked 3 h after treatment, and returned to normal levels by 12 h. The BDNF and NT-4 mRNAs showed no change at any time. In conclusion, the widespread and massive trkB mRNA induction after abnormal neuronal activity suggests local trophic support for this receptor, and a potential role in basal ganglia diseases involving non-dopaminergic components.

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