Low-affinity nerve growth factor receptor

Low-affinity nerve growth factor receptor
Nerve growth factor receptor

PDB rendering based on 1sg1.
Symbols NGFR; CD271; Gp80-LNGFR; TNFRSF16; p75(NTR); p75NTR
External IDs OMIM162010 MGI97323 HomoloGene1877 GeneCards: NGFR Gene
RNA expression pattern
PBB GE NGFR 205858 at tn.png
More reference expression data
Species Human Mouse
Entrez 4804 18053
Ensembl ENSG00000064300 ENSMUSG00000000120
UniProt P08138 Q8BYY1
RefSeq (mRNA) NM_002507.3 NM_033217.3
RefSeq (protein) NP_002498.1 NP_150086.2
Location (UCSC) Chr 17:
47.57 – 47.59 Mb
Chr 11:
95.43 – 95.45 Mb
PubMed search [1] [2]

The Low-Affinity Nerve Growth Factor Receptor (also called the LNGFR or p75 neurotrophin receptor) is one of the two receptor types for the neurotrophins, a family of protein growth factors that stimulate neuronal cells to survive and differentiate. The precise function of the LNGFR is somewhat controversial, in contrast to the function of the high-affinity receptor family for the neurotrophins, the Trk receptor tyrosine kinases such as TrkA.


The Neurotrophins

The neurotrophins are composed of four proteins, all of which bind to the LNGFR: Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), Neurotrophin-3 (NT-3), and Neurotrophin-4 (NT-4).

Nerve growth factor, the prototypical growth factor, is a protein secreted by a neuron's target. NGF is critical for the survival and maintenance of sympathetic and sensory neurons. NGF is released from the target cells, binds to and activates its high-affinity receptor (TrkA), and is internalized into the responsive neuron. The NGF/TrkA complex is subsequently trafficked back to the cell body. This movement of NGF from axon tip to soma is thought to be involved in the long-distance signaling of neurons.

The activation of TrkA by NGF is critical in inducing the survival and differentiation caused by this growth factor.

However, NGF binds at least two receptors on the surface of cells that are capable of responding to this growth factor, TrkA (pronounced "Track A") and the LNGFR.

The Trk family of receptor tyrosine kinases

TrkA is a receptor tyrosine kinase (meaning it mediates its actions by causing the addition of phosphate molecules on certain tyrosines in the cell, activating cellular signaling). There are other related Trk receptors, TrkB and TrkC. Also, there are other neurotrophic factors structurally related to NGF: BDNF (for Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor), NT-3 (for Neurotrophin-3) and NT-4 (for Neurotrophin-4). While TrkA mediates the effects of NGF, TrkB binds and is activated by BDNF, NT-4, and NT-3, and TrkC binds and is activated only by NT-3.

The role of the LNGFR

As opposed to TrkA, the LNGFR plays a somewhat less clear role in NGF biology. Some researchers have shown the LNGFR binds and serves as a "sink" for neurotrophins. Cells that express both the LNGFR and the Trk receptors might, therefore, have a greater activity, since they have a higher "microconcentration" of the neurotrophin. It has also been shown, however, that, in the absence of a co-expressed TrkA, the LNGFR may signal a cell to die via apoptosis; so, therefore, cells expressing the LNGFR in the absence of Trk receptors may die rather than live in the presence of a neurotrophin.[1]

Recent research has suggested a number of roles for the LNGFR, including in development of the eyes and sensory neurons,[2][3] and in repair of muscle and nerve damage in adults.[4][5][6]


Low-affinity nerve growth factor receptor has been shown to interact with PRKACB,[7] FSCN1,[8] TRAF4,[9][10] Nerve growth factor,[11][12] TRAF2,[9] NDN,[13][14][15] NGFRAP1[16] and MAGEH1.[15]


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  4. ^ Chen LW, Yung KK, Chan YS, Shum DK, Bolam JP (December 2008). "The proNGF-p75NTR-sortilin signalling complex as new target for the therapeutic treatment of Parkinson's disease". CNS & Neurological Disorders Drug Targets 7 (6): 512–23. doi:10.2174/187152708787122923. PMID 19128208. 
  5. ^ Kocsis JD, Lankford KL, Sasaki M, Radtke C (June 2009). "Unique in vivo properties of olfactory ensheathing cells that may contribute to neural repair and protection following spinal cord injury". Neuroscience Letters 456 (3): 137–42. doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2008.08.093. PMC 2713444. PMID 19429149. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2713444. 
  6. ^ Deponti D, Buono R, Catanzaro G, Palma CD, Longhi R, Meneveri R, Bresolin N, Bassi MT, Cossu G, Clementi E, Brunelli S (June 2009). "The Low Affinity Receptor for Neurotrophins p75NTR Plays a Key Role for Satellite Cell Function in Muscle Repair Acting via RhoA". Molecular Biology of the Cell 20 (16): 3620–7. doi:10.1091/mbc.E09-01-0012. PMC 2777922. PMID 19553472. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=2777922. 
  7. ^ Higuchi, Haruhisa; Yamashita Toshihide, Yoshikawa Hideki, Tohyama Masaya (Apr. 2003). "PKA phosphorylates the p75 receptor and regulates its localization to lipid rafts". EMBO J. (England) 22 (8): 1790–800. doi:10.1093/emboj/cdg177. ISSN 0261-4189. PMC 154469. PMID 12682012. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=154469. 
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  10. ^ Krajewska, M; Krajewski S, Zapata J M, Van Arsdale T, Gascoyne R D, Berern K, McFadden D, Shabaik A, Hugh J, Reynolds A, Clevenger C V, Reed J C (Jun. 1998). "TRAF-4 expression in epithelial progenitor cells. Analysis in normal adult, fetal, and tumor tissues". Am. J. Pathol. (UNITED STATES) 152 (6): 1549–61. ISSN 0002-9440. PMC 1858434. PMID 9626059. http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/articlerender.fcgi?tool=pmcentrez&artid=1858434. 
  11. ^ Nykjaer, Anders; Lee Ramee, Teng Kenneth K, Jansen Pernille, Madsen Peder, Nielsen Morten S, Jacobsen Christian, Kliemannel Marco, Schwarz Elisabeth, Willnow Thomas E, Hempstead Barbara L, Petersen Claus M (Feb. 2004). "Sortilin is essential for proNGF-induced neuronal cell death". Nature (England) 427 (6977): 843–8. doi:10.1038/nature02319. PMID 14985763. 
  12. ^ Lee, R; Kermani P, Teng K K, Hempstead B L (Nov. 2001). "Regulation of cell survival by secreted proneurotrophins". Science (United States) 294 (5548): 1945–8. doi:10.1126/science.1065057. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 11729324. 
  13. ^ Kuwako, Ken-ichiro; Taniura Hideo, Yoshikawa Kazuaki (Jan. 2004). "Necdin-related MAGE proteins differentially interact with the E2F1 transcription factor and the p75 neurotrophin receptor". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 279 (3): 1703–12. doi:10.1074/jbc.M308454200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 14593116. 
  14. ^ Bronfman, Francisca C; Tcherpakov Marianna, Jovin Thomas M, Fainzilber Mike (Apr. 2003). "Ligand-induced internalization of the p75 neurotrophin receptor: a slow route to the signaling endosome". J. Neurosci. (United States) 23 (8): 3209–20. PMID 12716928. 
  15. ^ a b Tcherpakov, Marianna; Bronfman Francisca C, Conticello Silvestro G, Vaskovsky Anna, Levy Zehava, Niinobe Michio, Yoshikawa Kazuaki, Arenas Ernest, Fainzilber Mike (Dec. 2002). "The p75 neurotrophin receptor interacts with multiple MAGE proteins". J. Biol. Chem. (United States) 277 (51): 49101–4. doi:10.1074/jbc.C200533200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 12414813. 
  16. ^ Mukai, J; Hachiya T, Shoji-Hoshino S, Kimura M T, Nadano D, Suvanto P, Hanaoka T, Li Y, Irie S, Greene L A, Sato T A (Jun. 2000). "NADE, a p75NTR-associated cell death executor, is involved in signal transduction mediated by the common neurotrophin receptor p75NTR". J. Biol. Chem. (UNITED STATES) 275 (23): 17566–70. doi:10.1074/jbc.C000140200. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 10764727. 

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