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Neurosci Lett. 1997 Oct 24;236(1):41-4.

Neurotrophin-3 mRNA expression in rat intrafusal muscle fibres after denervation and reinnervation.

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Department of Medical Physiology, University of Groningen, Netherlands.


We have studied the regulation of the expression of neurotrophin-3 (NT-3) mRNA in neonatal and adult rat muscle spindles after denervation and after denervation followed by reinnervation. Denervation of the intrafusal fibres did not result in an upregulation of the NT-3 mRNA expression but decreased this expression below the detection limit of the in situ hybridization method. Reinnervation of intrafusal fibres restored the NT-3 mRNA expression. The results suggest that the expression of NT-3 mRNA in postnatal muscle spindles is controlled by neuronal factors. The intrafusal fibre derived NT-3 may act as an instructive, feedback messenger for innervating neurons and may play a role in stabilizing and maintaining functional neuromuscular connections.

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