Neurotrophin-3

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Neurotrophin 3
Protein NTF3 PDB 1b8k.png
PDB rendering based on 1b8k.
Available structures
PDB Ortholog search: PDBe, RCSB
Identifiers
Symbols NTF3 ; HDNF; NGF-2; NGF2; NT3
External IDs OMIM162660 MGI97380 HomoloGene1896 GeneCards: NTF3 Gene
RNA expression pattern
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Orthologs
Species Human Mouse
Entrez 4908 18205
Ensembl ENSG00000185652 ENSMUSG00000049107
UniProt P20783 P20181
RefSeq (mRNA) NM_001102654 NM_001164034
RefSeq (protein) NP_001096124 NP_001157506
Location (UCSC) Chr 12:
5.54 – 5.63 Mb
Chr 6:
126.1 – 126.17 Mb
PubMed search [1] [2]
"NT3" redirects here. For the Microsoft operating system, see Windows NT 3.

Neurotrophin-3 is a protein that in humans is encoded by the NTF3 gene.[1][2]

The protein encoded by this gene, NT-3, is a neurotrophic factor in the NGF (Nerve Growth Factor) family of neurotrophins. It is a protein growth factor which has activity on certain neurons of the peripheral and central nervous system; it helps to support the survival and differentiation of existing neurons, and encourages the growth and differentiation of new neurons and synapses. NT-3 was the third neurotrophic factor to be characterized, after nerve growth factor (NGF) and BDNF (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor).[3]

Function[edit]

Although the vast majority of neurons in the mammalian brain are formed prenatally, parts of the adult brain retain the ability to grow new neurons from neural stem cells; a process known as neurogenesis. Neurotrophins are chemicals that help to stimulate and control neurogenesis.

NT-3 is unique in the number of neurons it can potentially stimulate, given its ability to activate two of the receptor tyrosine kinase neurotrophin receptors (TrkC and TrkB - see below).

Mice born without the ability to make NT-3 have loss of proprioceptive and subsets of mechanoreceptive sensory neurons.[4][5]

Mechanism of action[edit]

NT-3 binds three receptors on the surface of cells which are capable of responding to this growth factor:

  • TrkC (pronounced "Track C"), is apparently the "physiologic" receptor, in that it binds with greatest affinity to NT-3.[6][7]
  • However, NT-3 is capable of binding and signaling through a TrkC-related receptors called TrkB.
  • Finally, NT-3 also binds a second-receptor type besides Trk receptors, called the LNGFR (for "low affinity nerve growth factor receptor).

High affinity receptors[edit]

TrkC is a receptor tyrosine kinase (meaning it mediates its actions by causing the addition of phosphate molecules on certain tyrosines in the cell, activating cellular signaling).

As mentioned above, there are other related Trk receptors, TrkA and TrkB. Also as mentioned, there are other neurotrophic factors structurally related to NT-3:

  • NGF (for "Nerve Growth Factor")
  • BDNF (for "Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor")
  • NT-4 (for "Neurotrophin-4")

While TrkB mediates the effects of BDNF, NT-4, and NT-3, TrkA binds and is activated by NGF, and TrkC binds and is activated only by NT-3.

Low affinity receptors[edit]

The other NT-3 receptor, the LNGFR, plays a somewhat less clear role. Some researchers have shown the LNGFR binds and serves as a "sink" for neurotrophins.

The crystal structure of NT-3 shows that NT-3 forms a central homodimer around which two glycosylated p75 LNGFR molecules bind symmetrically. The symmetrical binding takes place along the NT-3 interfaces, resulting in a 2:2 ligand-receptor cluster in the center.[8]

Cells which express both the LNGFR and the Trk receptors might therefore have a greater activity - since they have a higher "microconcentration" of the neurotrophin.

It has also been shown, however, that the LNGFR may signal a cell to die via apoptosis - so therefore cells expressing the LNGFR in the absence of Trk receptors may die rather than live in the presence of a neurotrophin.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maisonpierre PC, Le Beau MM, Espinosa R 3rd, Ip NY, Belluscio L, de la Monte SM, Squinto S, Furth ME, Yancopoulos GD (Oct 1991). "Human and rat brain-derived neurotrophic factor and neurotrophin-3: gene structures, distributions, and chromosomal localizations". Genomics 10 (3): 558–68. doi:10.1016/0888-7543(91)90436-I. PMID 1889806. 
  2. ^ "Entrez Gene: NTF3 neurotrophin 3". 
  3. ^ Maisonpierre P, Belluscio L, Squinto S, Ip N, Furth M, Lindsay R, Yancopoulos G (1990). "Neurotrophin-3: a neurotrophic factor related to NGF and BDNF". Science 247 (4949 Pt 1): 1446–51. doi:10.1126/science.2321006. PMID 2321006. 
  4. ^ Tessarollo L, Vogel K, Palko M, Reid S, Parada L (1994). "Targeted mutation in the neurotrophin-3 gene results in loss of muscle sensory neurons". Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 91 (25): 11844–8. doi:10.1073/pnas.91.25.11844. PMC 45332. PMID 7991545. 
  5. ^ Klein R, Silos-Santiago I, Smeyne R, Lira S, Brambilla R, Bryant S, Zhang L, Snider W, Barbacid M (1994). "Disruption of the neurotrophin-3 receptor gene trkC eliminates la muscle afferents and results in abnormal movements". Nature 368 (6468): 249–51. doi:10.1038/368249a0. PMID 8145824. 
  6. ^ Lamballe F, Klein R, Barbacid M (1991). "trkC, a new member of the trk family of tyrosine protein kinases, is a receptor for neurotrophin-3". Cell 66 (5): 967–79. doi:10.1016/0092-8674(91)90442-2. PMID 1653651. 
  7. ^ Tessarollo L, Tsoulfas P, Martin-Zanca D, Gilbert D, Jenkins N, Copeland N, Parada L (1993). "trkC, a receptor for neurotrophin-3, is widely expressed in the developing nervous system and in non-neuronal tissues". Development 118 (2): 463–75. PMID 8223273. 
  8. ^ Gong Y, Cao P, Yu HJ, Jiang T (August 2008). "Crystal structure of the neurotrophin-3 and p75NTR symmetrical complex". Nature 454 (7205): 789–93. doi:10.1038/nature07089. PMID 18596692. 

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