The roles of extracellular related-kinases 1 and 2 signaling in CNS myelination

David Gonsalvez, Anita H. Ferner, Haley Peckham, Simon S. Murray, Junhua Xiao

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Substantial progress has been made in identifying the intracellular signaling pathways that regulate central nervous system myelination. Recently, the mitogen activated protein kinase pathway, in particular the extracellular signal-related kinase 1 (Erk1) and Erk2, have been identified as critically important in mediating the effects of several growth factors that regulate oligodendroglial development and myelination. Here we will review the recent studies that identify the key role that Erk1/2 signaling plays in regulating oligodendroglial development, myelination and remyelination, discuss the potential mechanisms that Erk1/2 may utilize to influence myelination, and highlight some questions for further research. This article is part of the Special Issue entitled ‘Oligodendrocytes in Health and Disease’.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)586-593
Number of pages8
Issue numberPart B
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Akt
  • BDNF
  • Erk
  • Fyn
  • Myelin
  • Oligodendrocyte

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