Neurotrophic roles of the beta-thymosins in the development and regeneration of the nervous system

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Abstract

Beta-thymosins (Tβs) are polypeptides abundant in the cytosol, nucleus, and extracellular space of many cell types. In the nervous system, the expression of Tβs is regulated during the development of the central nervous system and following neuronal insults in cell-type and brain-region dependent manners, which may be related to the function of Tβs in the growth and regeneration of the nervous system. Supporting such a proposition, overexpression of Tβs in neurons has been shown to modify the axonal branches in vivo and neurite branches in vitro. These neurite-modifying functions have been suggested to be due to the activity of Tβs to bind actin. In addition, we recently observed that Tβs suppressed the apoptotic neuronal death in chick embryos, and these functions might be mediated by the extracellularly secreted form(s) of Tβs. These results suggest that Tβs play neurotrophic roles in the neuroprotection and neuronal growth/regeneration via their cytosolic actin-remodeling activity and extracellular antiapoptotic activity. Even though further verification is required, we also observed that Tβ15 was translocated into the injured neuronal nuclei, and this event appeared to be an eliminatory process of the injured cells. Therefore, treatment with Tβs or their related peptides appear to be beneficial for neuronal diseases by preventing neuronal death or promoting neuronal regeneration.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Pages210-218
Number of pages9
Volume1112
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Sep 1

Publication series

NameAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume1112
ISSN (Print)00778923
ISSN (Electronic)17496632

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Keywords

  • Beta-thymosins
  • Dendrite development
  • Extracellular secretion
  • Neuroprotection
  • Nuclear translocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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Sun, W., & Kim, H. (2007). Neurotrophic roles of the beta-thymosins in the development and regeneration of the nervous system. In Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (Vol. 1112, pp. 210-218). (Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences; Vol. 1112). https://doi.org/10.1196/annals.1415.013