Journal article

Nerve growth factor determines survival and death of PC12 cells by regulation of the bcl-x, bax, and caspase-3 genes.

P Rong, AM Bennie, WR Epa, GL Barrett

J Neurochem | Published : 1999


We investigated the effects of nerve growth factor (NGF) and NGF withdrawal on expression of members of the bcl-2 family of genes and caspase-3 in PC12 cells. NGF regulated several members of the bcl-2 family and caspase-3 in a manner consistent with its effect on apoptosis in PC12 cells. Levels of bcl-xl, bcl-xs, and caspase-3 mRNAs were increased by NGF treatment. The increases in caspase-3 and bcl-xs levels should have disposed the cells toward apoptosis but were opposed by the simultaneous increase in bcl-xl level. NGF withdrawal resulted in abrupt down-regulation of bcl-xl and up-regulation of bax, favoring apoptosis. Forced expression of bcl-xl after NGF withdrawal was sufficient to pr..

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