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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-4273

Lebeurrier, N; Launay, S; Macrez, R; Maubert, E; Legros, H; Leclerc, A; Jamin, S P; Picard, J Y; Marret, S; Laudenbach, V; Berger, P; Sonderegger, P; Ali, C; di Clemente, N; Vivien, D (2008). Anti-Mullerian-hormone-dependent regulation of the brain serine-protease inhibitor neuroserpin. Journal of Cell Science, 121(20):3357-3365.

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The balance between tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) and one of its inhibitors, neuroserpin, has crucial roles in the central nervous system, including the control of neuronal migration, neuronal plasticity and neuronal death. In the present study, we demonstrate that the activation of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGFbeta)-related BMPR-IB (also known as BMPR1B and Alk6)- and Smad5-dependent signalling pathways controls neuroserpin transcription. Accordingly, we demonstrate for the first time that anti-Mullerian hormone (AMH), a member of the TGFbeta family, promotes the expression of neuroserpin in cultured neurons but not in astrocytes. The relevance of these findings is confirmed by the presence of both AMH and AMH type-II receptor (AMHR-II) in brain tissues, and is supported by the observation of reduced levels of neuroserpin in the brain of AMHR-II-deficient mice. Interestingly, as previously demonstrated for neuroserpin, AMH protects neurons against N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA)-mediated excitotoxicity both in vitro and in vivo. This study demonstrates the existence of an AMH-dependent signalling pathway in the brain leading to an overexpression of the serine-protease inhibitor, neuroserpin, and neuronal survival.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Biochemistry
07 Faculty of Science > Department of Biochemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Date:16 September 2008
Deposited On:24 Oct 2008 12:29
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:29
Publisher:Company of Biologists
Additional Information:Free full text article
Publisher DOI:10.1242/jcs.031872
Official URL:http://jcs.biologists.org/cgi/reprint/121/20/3357
PubMed ID:18796535

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