Neurochemical Research

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 1242–1249 | Cite as

BDNF Reduces eEF2 Phosphorylation and Enhances Novel Protein Synthesis in the Growth Cones of Dorsal Root Ganglia Neurons

  • Osamu HoshiEmail author
  • Ayana Sugizaki
  • Yuichiro Cho
  • Nobuyuki TakeiEmail author
Original Paper


The local translation, which is regulated by extracellular stimuli such as guidance molecules, in growth cones of neurons provides a molecular mechanism for axonal development. In this study, we performed immunocytochemistry together with atomic force microscopy to investigate the localization of ribosomal proteins in the growth cones of rat dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons. The immunoreactivity of ribosomal protein P0/1/2 and S6, and novel protein synthesis were observed in the central, sterically bulky region of growth cones. Brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) reduced the eEF2 phosphorylation, indicating its activation, and enhanced protein synthesis within 30 min. The effects of BDNF were completely inhibited by rapamycin, an inhibitor of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). These results indicated that BDNF rapidly activates translation and enhances novel protein synthesis in growth cones of DRG though the mTOR signaling.


Local translation Local protein synthesis BDNF Growth cone eEF2 AFM Immunocytochemistry SUnSET method 



We thank to Ms Masako Akiyama of TMDU for her advise on statistical analysis. We are grateful Sumitomo Pharmaceuticals for supplying the recombinant BDNF. This research was partly supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (C) from The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to OH (24590248, 18K06818)and to NT (22500329, 16K07053).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare no competing or financial interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anatomy and Physiological Sciences, Graduate School of Medical and Dental SciencesTokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)TokyoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Molecular Neurobiology, Brain Research InstituteNiigata UniversityNiigataJapan

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