AP-1 activity during the growth, differentiation, and death of O-2A lineage cells

FitzGerald, U. F. and Barnett, S. C. (2000) AP-1 activity during the growth, differentiation, and death of O-2A lineage cells. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, 16(4), pp. 453-469. (doi: 10.1006/mcne.2000.0886) (PMID:11085881)

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Oligodendrocyte differentiation has been correlated with AP-1 activity, being low in progenitors and high in differentiated cells. In this study we have carried out a detailed temporal analysis of AP-1 activity in oligodendrocyte-type-2 astrocyte (O-2A) lineage cells. We show that low AP-1 activity in progenitor cells depended on the application of growth factors. Treatment of cells with B104-conditioned medium induced high AP-1 activity, increased process length, and improved growth. The role of AP-1 in proliferation and process extension was emphasized when progenitor cells overexpressing a c-Jun dominant-negative mutant had impaired growth and shortened processes. AP-1 DNA-binding activity during O-2A differentiation in vitro showed an initial down-regulation followed by up-regulation after 2 days. Increased AP-1 levels in oligodendrocytes were inhibited by overexpression of bcl-2, indicating that AP-1 in mature oligodendrocytes is involved in the regulation of apoptosis. Prevention of cell death by bcl-2 in oligodendrocytes was accompanied by progressive differentiation and expression of MOG and PLP.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barnett, Professor Susan
Authors: FitzGerald, U. F., and Barnett, S. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Journal Name:Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience
ISSN (Online):1095-9327
Published Online:25 May 2002

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