The response of chick sensory neurons to brain-derived neurotrophic factor

Davies, A. M. and Thoenen, H. and Barde, Y. A.. (1986) The response of chick sensory neurons to brain-derived neurotrophic factor. Journal of neuroscience, Vol. 6, H. 7. pp. 1897-1904.

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To determine the spectrum of activity of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) among first-order sensory neurons, explants of the nine distinct populations of sensory neurons from embryonic chicks of 3-14 d incubation (E3-E14) were grown in collagen gels with and without BDNF in the culture medium. The explants responded to BDNF with profuse neurite outgrowth and comprised those in which neurons are derived from neural crest (the dorsomedial part of the trigeminal ganglion, rostromedial part of the trigeminal mesencephalic nucleus, jugular ganglion, and lumbosacral dorsal root ganglia) and from epibranchial placodes (the ventrolateral part of the trigeminal ganglion and the geniculate, petrosal, and nodose ganglia). This response was first clearly observed in the ventrolateral trigeminal and nodose ganglia as early as E4, but did not appear until later in other explants. The dorsomedial trigeminal, jugular, and geniculate ganglia were the latest to develop a response, which was not apparent until E8. In all explants the response was maximal between E10 and E12, and there was a decline in the magnitude of the response from E12 to E14. Although explants of the vestibular ganglion failed to respond to BDNF, the survival and growth of vestibular neurons in dissociated neuron-enriched cultures were promoted by BDNF. To investigate whether all first-order sensory neurons respond to BDNF or whether BDNF-responsive neurons comprise a distinct subset, we studied the influence of BDNF and NGF on the survival and growth of the placode-derived and the neural crest-derived neurons of the trigeminal ganglion in dissociated neuron-enriched culture.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)
Faculties and Departments:05 Faculty of Science > Departement Biozentrum > Former Organization Units Biozentrum > Pharmacology/Neurobiology (Barde)
UniBasel Contributors:Barde, Yves-Alain
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Society for Neuroscience
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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