Molecular Medicine

, Volume 17, Issue 9–10, pp 965–973 | Cite as

STATus and Context within the Mammalian Nervous System

  • Prithi Rajan
Review Article


Effective manipulation of human disease processes may be achieved by understanding transcriptional, posttranscriptional and epigenetic events that orchestrate cellular events. The levels of activation of specific molecules, spatial distribution and concentrations of relevant networks of signaling molecules along with the receptiveness of the chromatin to these signals are some of the parameters which dictate context. Effects elicited by the transcription factor signal transducers and activator of transcription 3 (Stat3) are discussed with respect to the context within which Stat3-mediated effects are elicited within the developing and adult mammalian nervous system. Stat3 signals are pivotal to the proliferation and differentiation of neural stem cells. They also participate in neuronal regeneration and cancers of the nervous system. An analysis of the context in which Stat3 activation occurs in these processes provides a potential predictive paradigm with which novel methods for intervention may be designed.



P Rajan would like to thank R Srinivasan for helpful suggestions on the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemical PhysiologyThe Scripps Research InstituteLa JollaUSA

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