Targeting cell surface receptors for axon regeneration in the central nervous system

Menghon Cheah, Melissa R. Andrews

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Axon regeneration in the CNS is largely unsuccessful due to excess inhibitory extrinsic factors within lesion sites together with an intrinsic inability of neurons to regrow following injury. Recent work demonstrates that forced expression of certain neuronal transmembrane receptors can recapitulate neuronal growth resulting in successful growth within and through inhibitory lesion environments. More specifically, neuronal expression of integrin receptors such as alpha9beta1 integrin which binds the extracellular matrix glycoprotein tenascin-C, trk receptors such as trkB which binds the neurotrophic factor BDNF, and receptor PTPσ which binds chondroitin sulphate proteoglycans, have all been show to significantly enhance regeneration of injured axons. We discuss how reintroduction of these receptors in damaged neurons facilitates signalling from the internal environment of the cell with the external environment of the lesion milieu, effectively resulting in growth and repair following injury. In summary, we suggest an appropriate balance of intrinsic and extrinsic factors are required to obtain substantial axon regeneration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1884-1887
Number of pages4
JournalNeural Regeneration Research
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jan 2017


  • Axon regeneration
  • Dorsal root ganglion
  • Extracellular matrix
  • Integrin
  • Tenascin-c
  • trk receptors


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