Ephrin-B3 is a myelin-based inhibitor of neurite outgrowth. Academic Article uri icon


  • The inability of CNS axons to regenerate after traumatic spinal cord injury is due, in part, to the inhibitory effects of myelin. The three major previously identified constituents of this activity (Nogo, myelin-associated glycoprotein, and oligodendrocyte myelin glycoprotein) were isolated based on their potent inhibition of axon outgrowth in vitro. All three myelin components transduce their inhibitory signals through the same Nogo receptor/p75 neurotrophin receptor/LINGO-1 (NgR1/p75/LINGO-1) complex. In this study, we considered that molecules known to act as repellants in vertebrate embryonic axonal pathfinding may also inhibit regeneration. In mice, ephrin-B3 functions during development as a midline repellant for axons of the corticospinal tract. We therefore investigated whether this repellant was expressed in the adult spinal cord and retained inhibitory activity. We demonstrate that ephrin-B3 is expressed in postnatal myelinating oligodendrocytes and, by using primary CNS neurons, show that ephrin-B3 accounts for an inhibitory activity equivalent to that of the other three myelin-based inhibitors, acting through p75, combined. Our data describe a known vertebrate axon guidance molecule as a myelin-based inhibitor of neurite outgrowth.

published proceedings

  • Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Benson, M. D., Romero, M. I., Lush, M. E., Lu, Q. R., Henkemeyer, M., & Parada, L. F.

citation count

  • 244

complete list of authors

  • Benson, M Douglas||Romero, Mario I||Lush, Mark E||Lu, Q Richard||Henkemeyer, Mark||Parada, Luis F

publication date

  • July 2005