J Korean Neurosurg Soc.  2003 Jun;33(6):572-575.

Expression of mRNAs for BDNF and NT-3 in Reactive Astrocytes

  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Gachon Medical College, Gil Medical Center, Incheon, Korea. neurobeauty@hanmail.net
  • 2Department of Biology, College of Natural Science, Inha University, Incheon, Korea.


Astrocytes secrete various neurotrophic factors which act to support the survival and growth of neurons. Reactive astrocytes express an increased level of neurotrophic factors in response to central nervous system injury. We demonstrate that reactive astrocytes could express neurotrophic factors to promote neuronal rescue and generate functional recovery. METHODS: To investigate the correlation of neurotrophic factor, brain-derived neurotrophic factor(BDNF) and neurotrophin-3(NT-3) to glutamate-induced reactive gliosis, mRNA expression of BDNF and NT-3 were detected by the RT-PCR technique. RESULTS: Exposure of cultured astrocytes to L-glutamate(1, 100, 200 and 500 microM) and scraped astrocytes for 1 day resulted in significant cell damage and we observed mRNA expression of BDNF and NT-3. The maximal expression of BDNF was observed in the control, scraped and L-glutamate treated astrocytes(1 microM). The basal expression of BDNF mRNA in astrocytes treated with L-glutamate(100, 200 and 500 microM) decreased relative to that of control, scraped and L-glutamate treated astrocytes(1 microM). Reactive gliosis, treatment of control astrocytes with glutamate, showed similar pattern for NT-3 mRNA expression. In a word, the basal content of NT-3 mRNA in scrape and L-glutamate(1, 100, 200 and 500 microM) expressed similar to that of control astrocytes. CONCLUSION: This study indicates that the reactive astrocytes also expressed mRNA of BDNF and NT-3 as normal astrocytes.


Reactive astrocytes; L-glutamate; Scrape; BDNF; NT-3

MeSH Terms

Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor*
Central Nervous System
Glutamic Acid
Nerve Growth Factors
RNA, Messenger*
Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
Glutamic Acid
Nerve Growth Factors
RNA, Messenger
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