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The neurotransmitter noradrenaline drives noggin-expressing ectoderm cells to activate N-tubulin and become neurons

Messenger, NJ; Rowe, SJ; Warner, AE; (1999) The neurotransmitter noradrenaline drives noggin-expressing ectoderm cells to activate N-tubulin and become neurons. Developmental Biology , 205 (2) 224 - 232. 10.1006/dbio.1998.9125.

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Abstract

Neurotransmitters regulate neuronal function in the nervous system and modulation of their synthesis, release, and binding by immature neurons and their targets is a major part of nervous system development. We propose that the neurotransmitter noradrenaline regulates neuronal fate during neurulation, before neurons have differentiated. The ability of noradrenaline to induce a neural fate was tested in naive ectoderm caps cut from late blastula stage Xenopus embryos. Noradrenaline (10 M) did not switch on otx-2 or NCAM and did not induce the formation of cement glands. We conclude that noradrenaline cannot induce a neural fate. By contrast, 10 M noradrenaline activated N-tubulin in ectoderm caps expressing the neural inducing molecule noggin by the time intact siblings had become mid-neurulae. Methoxamine, a specific α-adrenergic receptor agonist, also activated N- tubulin in noggin-expressing caps. The α-adrenergic receptor blocker prazosin inhibited both noradrenaline- and methoxamine-induced activation of N-tubulin. The neurotransmitters dopamine and 5-HT did not activate expression of N-tubulin. XA-1, Otx-2, X-Delta, and Xotch transcripts were not sensitive to noradrenaline. HoxB9, which indicates posteriorization, was not activated by noradrenaline. When intact siblings were at stage 27, many cells in noggin-expressing, noradrenaline-treated caps were stained by the neuron- specific mcAb3A10. We propose that noradrenaline is an important endogenous modulator of neuronal fate, driving noggin-expressing cells to become neurons by binding to α-adrenergic receptors and activating a cascade that culminates in the expression of the neuronal markers N-tubulin and 3A10.

Type:Article
Title:The neurotransmitter noradrenaline drives noggin-expressing ectoderm cells to activate N-tubulin and become neurons
DOI:10.1006/dbio.1998.9125
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences

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