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Induction of Cdk5 activity in rat skeletal muscle after nerve injury

Fu, Wing-Yu; Fu, Amy K. Y.; Lok, Ka-Chun; Ip, Fanny C. F.; Ip, Nancy Y. CA

Molecular Neuroscience

Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5) was originally identified as a serine/threonine kinase and subsequently demonstrated to play a critical role in the development of CNS. We recently reported the novel function of Cdk5 in the neuregulin signaling pathway during the development of neuromuscular junction (NMJ). Here, we report the regulation of Cdk5 and p35 in rat skeletal muscle after nerve injury. Northern blot analysis revealed that Cdk5 and p35 transcripts were up-regulated in muscle after nerve denervation. The temporal profiles for the regulation of Cdk5 and p35 transcripts were different, suggesting that these changes in gene transcription might be regulated by different mechanism. Our finding on the ability of tetrodotoxin to induce p35 transcript in muscle suggested that electrical activity could regulate p35 expression. In addition to the induction of mRNA expression, the total Cdk5 and p35-associated kinase activity in muscle increased prominently after nerve denervation. Taken together, our findings suggest that Cdk5 and p35 may play important physiological roles in muscle regeneration following nerve injury.

Department of Biochemistry, Biotechnology Research Institute and Molecular Neuroscience Center, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Clear Water Bay, Hong Kong, China

CACorresponding Author

Received 31 October 2001 accepted 7 December 2001

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.