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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17(2), 177;

Ginsenoside-Rd Promotes Neurite Outgrowth of PC12 Cells through MAPK/ERK- and PI3K/AKT-Dependent Pathways

Department of Human Anatomy, Histology and Embryology, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Xi’an Jiaotong University Health Science Center, 76 Yanta West Road, Xi’an 710061, China
Department of Neurology, First Hospital of Xi’an, Xi’an 710002, China
Department of Neurology, Xijing Hospital, the Fourth Military Medical University, Xi’an 710032, China
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Katalin Prokai-Tatrai
Received: 28 December 2015 / Revised: 12 January 2016 / Accepted: 22 January 2016 / Published: 29 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Neuroprotective Strategies 2016)
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Panax ginseng is a famous herbal medicine widely used in Asia. Ginsenosides have been identified as the principle active ingredients for Panax ginseng’s biological activity, among which ginsenoside Rd (Rd) attracts extensive attention for its obvious neuroprotective activities. Here we investigated the effect of Rd on neurite outgrowth, a crucial process associated with neuronal repair. PC12 cells, which respond to nerve growth factor (NGF) and serve as a model for neuronal cells, were treated with different concentrations of Rd, and then their neurite outgrowth was evaluated. Our results showed that 10 μM Rd significantly increased the percentages of long neurite- and branching neurite-bearing cells, compared with respective controls. The length of the longest neurites and the total length of neurites in Rd-treated PC12 cells were much longer than that of respective controls. We also showed that Rd activated ERK1/2 and AKT but not PKC signalings, and inhibition of ERK1/2 by PD98059 or/and AKT by LY294002 effectively attenuated Rd-induced neurite outgrowth. Moreover, Rd upregulated the expression of GAP-43, a neuron-specific protein involved in neurite outgrowth, while PD98059 or/and LY294002 decreased Rd-induced increased GAP-43 expression. Taken together, our results provided the first evidence that Rd may promote the neurite outgrowth of PC12 cells by upregulating GAP-43 expression via ERK- and ARK-dependent signaling pathways. View Full-Text
Keywords: ginsenoside Rd; neurite outgrowth; ERK; AKT; GAP-43; PC12 cells ginsenoside Rd; neurite outgrowth; ERK; AKT; GAP-43; PC12 cells

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Wu, S.-D.; Xia, F.; Lin, X.-M.; Duan, K.-L.; Wang, F.; Lu, Q.-L.; Cao, H.; Qian, Y.-H.; Shi, M. Ginsenoside-Rd Promotes Neurite Outgrowth of PC12 Cells through MAPK/ERK- and PI3K/AKT-Dependent Pathways. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2016, 17, 177.

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