Regulation of gene transcription in the central nervous system by norepinephrine

Ronald S. Duman, Samuel S. Newton

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Introduction During the past few years we have witnessed tremendous advances in sequencing the human genome, as well as the coding sequences of several other species. The next major hurdle is to characterize and understand the mechanisms that control the transcriptional expression and posttranslational processing of these genes. Gene expression in the brain is regulated by many neurotransmitters, hormones, and psychotropic drugs, each of which can induce discrete and unique patterns of gene expression in different brain regions and even within a single neuron. These unique patterns of expression are involved in shaping the function of the brain and its ability to adapt and generate long-term and informed responses to subsequent stimuli. Norepinephrine (NE) is a well-known modulator of neuronal activity, and has been implicated in many aspects of brain function as well as the etiology and treatment of psychiatric illness, including depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, fear, stress, and anxiety. In addition to modulating neuronal firing and other short-term cellular processes, NE also produces long-term modulating effects via regulation of neuronal gene expression. This chapter will provide an overview of the fundamental aspects of gene transcription, including general concepts of DNA-binding elements and regulation of transcription factor function. Then we will discuss how NE, via regulation of diverse receptor-coupled signaling pathways, controls gene transcription with particular emphasis on two families of transcription factors: the cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) response element binding protein (CREB) and the c-Fos/activator protein-1 (AP-1) systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBrain Norepinephrine
Subtitle of host publicationNeurobiology and Therapeutics
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780511544156
ISBN (Print)0521834910, 9780521834919
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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