Fas (also known as CD95), a member of the tumour-necrosis receptor factor of 'death receptors', can induce apoptosis or, conversely, can deliver growth stimulatory signals. Here we report that crosslinking Fas on primary sensory neurons induces neurite growth through sustained activation of the extracellular-signal regulated kinase (ERK) pathway and the consequent upregulation of p35, a mediator of neurite outgrowth. In addition, functional of antibodies after sciatic nerve is delayed in Fas-deficient lpr mice and accelerated by local administration of antibodies against Fas, which indicates that Fas engagement may contribute to nerve regeneration in vivo. Our findings define a role for Fas as an inducer of both neurite growth in vitro and accelerated recovery after nerve injury in vivo.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Nature Cell Biology|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2003|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cell Biology