Nerve growth factor employs multiple pathways to induce primary response genes in PC12 cells

A. Batistatou, C. Volonte, L. A. Greene

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Nerve growth factor (NGF) leads to neuronal differentiation of PC12 cells and promotes their survival in serum-free medium. Past studies have shown that purine analogues block some of the effects of NGF but not others and thus that they can be used to dissect the mechanistic pathways of its action. In the present work we used 2-aminopurine (2-AP) and 6-thioguanine (6-TG) to examine whether NGF causes activation of primary response genes through a single signaling pathway or via multiple pathways. Northern blot analysis and nuclear run-off transcription assays were used to assess the activation of c- fos, c-jun, TIS1, TIS8, and TIS11 after exposure of PC12 cells to NGF in the presence or absence of 2-AP and 6-TG. Our findings indicate that NGF appears to employ at least three distinct pathways to induce early genes in PC12 cells. This suggests that the NGF signaling mechanism diverges at an early point after interaction of NGF with its receptor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-371
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular Biology of the Cell
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1992


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular Biology

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