Chinese medicine induces neurite outgrowth in PC12 mutant cells incapable of differentiation

Yoshio Kano, Shinichiro Takaguchi, Tsutomu Nohno, Fukumi Hiragami, Kenji Kawamura, Michael K. Iwama, Kanji Miyamoto, Manabu Takehara

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During continuous culture of neural PC12 cells, we obtained a drug-hypersensitive PC12 mutant cell that showed high stimulation of neurite outgrowth by various drugs. When several Chinese medicines such as Shu-Jing-Huo-Xie-Tang and Wu-Ling-San were provided to these PC12 mutant cells, the frequency of nerve growth factor (NGF)-induced neurite outgrowth increased approximately 30-fold compared to NGF alone. Neurite outgrowth induced by NGF in PC12 cells is accompanied by sustained activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK); however, these Chinese medicines did not induce MAPK activity. The findings thus indicate that certain Chinese medicines may induce neurite outgrowth by a novel mechanism which is distinct from the NGF-activated pathway in PC12 mutant cells.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-295
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Journal of Chinese Medicine
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - 2002


  • Chinese Medicine
  • Neurite Outgrowth
  • PC12 Mutant Cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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