Neuropeptides as growth and differentiation factors in general and VIP in particular

Illana Gozes*, Douglas E. Brenneman

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During the course of neurodevelopment a large population of neurons die normally (Berg, 1982; Oppenheim et al., 1989). Are neuropeptides involved in the regulation of neuronal survival, maturation, and maintenance? The peptides are an ever growing family of neuroactive agents and this review shall emphasize VIP (vasoactive intestinal peptide [Said and Mutt, 1970; Gozes and Brenneman, 1989]), which has been shown to be involved in maturation, growth, and maintenance of neurons (Brenneman et al., 1985a, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1990b; Brenneman and Eiden, 1986; Brenneman and Nelson, 1986). Comparative actions of other neuropeptides will also be discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Molecular Neuroscience
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1993


  • Vasoactive intestinal peptide
  • gene expression
  • growth factors


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