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mRna in the Axonal Compartment of Neurons

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For more content, see Archives Néerlandaises de Zoologie (Vol 1-17) and Animal Biology (Vol 53 and onwards).

In the last three decades it has become evident that the axonal compartment of neurons harbours a variety of RNA molecules, such as transfer RNA, ribosomal RNA and messenger RNA. The occurrence of these molecules would allow the axonal domain to sustain extrasomal protein synthesis. In this review the data will be presented that led to this conclusion. In addition to the mRNAs encoding cytoskeletal proteins, in axons of many peptidergic neurons transcripts encoding the endogenous neuropeptides have been shown to be present. Until this moment no conclusive evidence has been presented on the function(s) of these neuropeptide encoding mRNAs.

Affiliations: 1: Graduate School of Neurosciences Amsterdam, Research Institute Neurosciences Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Biology, Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1087, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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