Summary: (from NCBI-Entrez) ..[read more]This gene encodes a member of the neurotrophic tyrosine receptor kinase (NTRK) family. This kinase is a membrane-bound receptor that, upon neurotrophin binding, phosphorylates itself and members of the MAPK pathway. Signalling through this kinase leads to
Ip NY et al. (Neuron. 1993) discussed all of the Trks display similar dose responses to their "preferred" ligands in neuronal as compared with nonneuronal cells (i.e., NGF for TrkA, BDNF and NT-4/5 for TrkB, and NT-3 for TrkC), providing evidence against a role for accessory molecules expressed in neurons in generating receptors that would allow for responses to lower concentrations of the neurotrophins. However, we find that a neuronal environment does restrict the Trks in their ability to respond to their "nonpreferred" neurotrophin ligands.