Reelin-mediated signaling locally regulates protein kinase B/Akt and glycogen synthase kinase 3β

Uwe Beffert, Gerardo Morfini, Hans H. Bock, Huichuan Reyna, Scott T. Brady, Joachim Herz

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Reelin is a large secreted protein that controls cortical layering by signaling through the very low density lipoprotein receptor and apolipoprotein E receptor 2, thereby inducing tyrosine phosphorylation of the adaptor protein Disabled-1 (Dab1) and suppressing tau phosphorylation in vivo. Here we show that binding of Reelin to these receptors stimulates phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase, resulting in activation of protein kinase B and inhibition of glycogen synthase kinase 3β. We present genetic evidence that this cascade is dependent on apolipoprotein E receptor 2, very low density lipoprotein receptor, and Dab1. Reelin-signaling components are enriched in axonal growth cones, where tyrosine phosphorylation of Dab1 is increased in response to Reelin. These findings suggest that Reelin-mediated phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase signaling in neuronal growth cones contributes to final neuron positioning in the mammalian brain by local modulation of protein kinase B and glycogen synthase kinase 3β kinase activities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49958-49964
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number51
StatePublished - Dec 20 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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