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Neurotrophic factors in the primary olfactory pathway


Mackay-Sim, A and Chuah, MI, Neurotrophic factors in the primary olfactory pathway, Progress in Neurobiology, 62, (5) pp. 527-559. ISSN 0301-0082 (2000) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/S0301-0082(00)00009-5


The number of identified growth factors continues to increase rapidly with many being implicated in the development of the nervous system, although for most of them the autocrine and paracrine pathways of cellular regulation still remain to be elucidated. The primary olfactory pathway, consisting of the olfactory epithelium and olfactory bulb, is presented here as a very useful model for the analysis of growth factor function. Review of the available literature suggests that a large proportion of neuroactive growth factors and their receptors are present in the olfactory epithelium or olfactory bulb. Furthermore, the primary olfactory pathway is one of the most plastic in the nervous system with neurogenesis continuing to contribute new sensory neurones in the olfactory epithelium and new interneurones in the olfactory bulb throughout adult life. The rich diversity of growth factors and their receptors in the olfactory system indicates that it will be useful in elucidating how these molecules regulate the formation of the nervous system. The olfactory epithelium in particular is proving useful as a model for the actions of growth factors in directing the neuronal lineage from stem cell to mature neurone. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Sensory systems
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Chuah, MI (Associate Professor Inn Chuah)
ID Code:19719
Year Published:2000
Web of Science® Times Cited:113
Deposited By:Anatomy and Physiology
Deposited On:2000-08-01
Last Modified:2011-08-04

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