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Focal adhesion kinase function in neuronal development

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Journal
Current Opinion in Neurobiology
0959-4388
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
27
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DOI: 10.1016/j.conb.2014.03.002

Abstract

During the development and maturation of the adult nervous system, several consecutive events, from neural induction to axon-dendrite arborization and synapse formation, contribute to the final exquisite specificity of neuronal networks. To accomplish this precise and healthy brain architecture, a coordinated rearrangement of the cytoskeleton in response to extracellular cues is essential. In this review, we propose focal adhesion kinase (FAK) as a key intracellular component for this command, and summarize different studies that support this hypothesis. We will discuss how FAK interacts with different extracellular molecules and the cytoskeleton and how FAK functions as a sort of “orchestra conductor” coordinating a broad range of signaling pathways during neuronal motility.

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