Targeting PTEN but not SOCS3 resists an age-dependent decline in promoting axon sprouting. Academic Article uri icon


  • Axonal repair is critical for functional recovery after injury of the CNS. We previously reported that neuronal PTEN deletion exhibits an age-dependent decline in promoting axon regeneration from the corticospinal tract (CST). How sprouting of uninjured axons, a naturally occurring form of axonal repair, is impacted by age is unknown. We assessed CST sprouting after unilateral pyramidotomy in PTEN and/or SOCS3-deleted mice at different ages. While PTEN deletion enhances sprouting independently of age, SOCS3 deletion loses its sprouting-promoting effect with age. The synergistic effect of PTEN/SOCS3 co-deletion on CST sprouting is rapidly lost with increased age. Overall, promoting sprouting appears more robust across age than regeneration, yet distinct molecular pathways are differentially impacted by age. Importantly, six-week delayed PTEN deletion promotes CST sprouting across age groups, supporting a clinically relevant time frame for this neural repair strategy independently of age.

published proceedings

  • iScience

altmetric score

  • 5.05

author list (cited authors)

  • Geoffroy, C. G., Meves, J. M., Kim, H., Romaus-Sanjurjo, D., Sutherland, T. C., Li, J. J., ... Zheng, B.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • November 2022