Journal article

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF): Novel Insights into Regulation and Genetic Variation

Michael Notaras, Maarten van den Buuse

The Neuroscientist | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Since its discovery, brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has spawned a literature that now spans 35 years of research. While all neurotrophins share considerable overlap in sequence homology and their processing, BDNF has become the most widely studied neurotrophin because of its broad roles in brain homeostasis, health, and disease. Although research on BDNF has produced thousands of articles, there remain numerous long-standing questions on aspects of BDNF molecular biology and signaling. Here we provide a comprehensive review, including both a historical narrative and a forward-looking perspective on advances in the actions of BDNF within the brain. We specifically review BDNF's gene..

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