Signal transduction in neuronal death

Liqi Tong, Tracy Toliver-Kinsky, Giulio Taglialatela, Karin Werrbach-Perez, Thomas Wood, Jose R Perez-Polo

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Apoptosis in the nervous system is a necessary event during the development of the nervous system and is also present after genotoxic events, be they chronic as in aging or more acute after trauma and ischemia. Apoptotic events reflect an interplay between intrinsic signaling events that rely on cytokines, neurotransmitters, and growth factors and responses to extrinsic events that increase levels of radical oxygen species. Both intrinsically and extrinsically driven signal-transduction pathways act via transcription factors that regulate the coordinated timely expression of stress-response genes as part of a decision-making process that can commit cells to apoptosis or survival. Here we discuss the role of two transcription factors that participate in apoptosis n the nervous system: the activator protein AP-1 and nuclear factor κB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-459
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of neurochemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Activator protein- 1
  • Apoptosis
  • Nuclear factor κB
  • Signal transduction
  • Transcription factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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