Molecular mechanisms of neuronal polarity

Takeshi Yoshimura, Yoji Kawano, Nariko Arimura, Saeko Kawabata, Kozo Kaibuchi

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Neurons are one of the most highly polarized cells known and are comprised of two structurally and functionally distinct parts, an axon and dendrites. The specification of the axon is thought to depend on its length relative to the other minor processes, which are called immature neurites. Elongation of one of immature neurites is necessary for axon specification. We previously showed that collapsin response mediator protein-2 (CRMP-2) is critical for specifying axon/dendrite fate, possibly by promoting neurite elongation via microtubule assembly. Here, we showed that glycogen synthase kinase-3β (GSK-3β) phosphorylated CRMP-2 at Thr-514 and inactivated it. The expression of the nonphosphorylated form of CRMP-2 or inhibition of GSK-3β induced the formation of multiple axons in hippocampal neurons. The expression of constitutively active GSK-3β impaired neuronal polarization, whereas the nonphosphorylated form of CRMP-2 counteracted the inhibitory effects of GSK-3β, indicating that GSK-3β regulates neuronal polarity through the phosphorylation of CRMP-2. We here reviewed the molecular mechanisms of the axon formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalJapanese Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 08-2005
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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