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Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor

External IDsOMIM600837 MGI107430 HomoloGene433 GeneCards: GDNF Gene
RNA expression pattern
File:PBB GE GDNF 221359 at tn.png
More reference expression data
RefSeq (mRNA)NM_000514NM_010275
RefSeq (protein)NP_000505NP_034405
Location (UCSC)Chr 5:
37.81 – 37.84 Mb
Chr 15:
7.81 – 7.84 Mb
PubMed search[1][2]

Glial cell-derived neurotrophic factor, also known as GDNF is a protein that, in humans, is encoded by the GDNF gene.[1] GDNF is a small protein that potently promotes the survival of many types of neurons.[2]


This gene encodes a highly conserved neurotrophic factor. The recombinant form of this protein was shown to promote the survival and differentiation of dopaminergic neurons in culture, and was able to prevent apoptosis of motor neurons induced by axotomy. The encoded protein is processed to a mature secreted form that exists as a homodimer. The mature form of the protein is a ligand for the product of the RET (rearranged during transfection) protooncogene. In addition to the transcript encoding GDNF, two additional alternative transcripts encoding distinct proteins, referred to as astrocyte-derived trophic factors, have also been described. Mutations in this gene may be associated with Hirschsprung's disease.[2]

The most prominent feature of GDNF is its ability to support the survival of dopaminergic and motorneurons.

These neuronal populations die in the course of Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). GDNF also regulates kidney development and spermatogenesis, and it affects alcohol consumption.[3]

GDNF family of ligands (GFL)

GDNF was discovered in 1991,[4] and is the first member of the GDNF family of ligands (GFL) found.


Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor has been shown to interact with GFRA2[5][6] and GDNF family receptor alpha 1.[5][6]

Potential as therapeutics

GDNF has regenerative properties for brain cells and showed potential as treatment for Parkinson's disease - monkeys with an induced form of Parkinson's disease showed less trembling when treated with the drug, and neuronal fibres grew in part of the human brain exposed to the drug.[4] However progress to a treatment is hampered by the problem of delivering the drug to brain cells through the blood-brain barrier in human.[4] Dao-Yao He, et al [7] suggest that GDNF in the VTA mediates the action of ibogaine on ethanol consumption, suggesting a possible explanation of the mechanism of ibogaine in addiction treatment.


  1. ^ Lin LF, Doherty DH, Lile JD, Bektesh S, Collins F (May 1993). "GDNF: a glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor for midbrain dopaminergic neurons". Science 260 (5111): 1130–2. PMID 8493557. doi:10.1126/science.8493557. 
  2. ^ a b "Entrez Gene: GDNF glial cell derived neurotrophic factor". 
  3. ^ Carnicella S, Kharazia V, Jeanblanc J, Janak PH, Ron D (June 2008). "GDNF is a fast-acting potent inhibitor of alcohol consumption and relapse". Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 105 (23): 8114–9. PMC 2423415. PMID 18541917. doi:10.1073/pnas.0711755105. 
  4. ^ a b c Brian Vastag (2010). "Biotechnology: Crossing the barrier". Nature 466 (7309): 916–8. PMID 20725015. doi:10.1038/466916a. 
  5. ^ a b Jing, S; Yu Y; Fang M; Hu Z; Holst P L; Boone T; Delaney J; Schultz H; Zhou R; Fox G M (December 1997). "GFRalpha-2 and GFRalpha-3 are two new receptors for ligands of the GDNF family". J. Biol. Chem. (UNITED STATES) 272 (52): 33111–7. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 9407096. doi:10.1074/jbc.272.52.33111. 
  6. ^ a b Cik, M; Masure S; Lesage A S; Van Der Linden I; Van Gompel P; Pangalos M N; Gordon R D; Leysen J E (September 2000). "Binding of GDNF and neurturin to human GDNF family receptor alpha 1 and 2. Influence of cRET and cooperative interactions". J. Biol. Chem. (UNITED STATES) 275 (36): 27505–12. ISSN 0021-9258. PMID 10829012. doi:10.1074/jbc.M000306200. 
  7. ^ Dao-Yao He; Nancy N. H. McGough; Ajay Ravindranathan; Jerome Jeanblanc; Marian L. Logrip; Khanhky Phamluong; Patricia H. Janak; Dorit Ron (2005). "Glial Cell Line-Derived Neurotrophic Factor Mediates the Desirable Actions of the Anti-Addiction Drug Ibogaine against Alcohol Consumption". The Journal of Neuroscience. 

Further reading

  • Hofstra RM, Osinga J, Buys CH (1998). "Mutations in Hirschsprung disease: when does a mutation contribute to the phenotype.". Eur. J. Hum. Genet. 5 (4): 180–5. PMID 9359036. 
  • Martucciello G, Ceccherini I, Lerone M, Jasonni V (2000). "Pathogenesis of Hirschsprung's disease.". J. Pediatr. Surg. 35 (7): 1017–25. PMID 10917288. doi:10.1053/jpsu.2000.7763. 
  • Schindelhauer D, Schuffenhauer S, Gasser T et al. (1996). "The gene coding for glial cell line derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) maps to chromosome 5p12-p13.1.". Genomics 28 (3): 605–7. PMID 7490108. doi:10.1006/geno.1995.1202. 
  • Tomac A, Lindqvist E, Lin LF et al. (1995). "Protection and repair of the nigrostriatal dopaminergic system by GDNF in vivo.". Nature 373 (6512): 335–9. PMID 7830766. doi:10.1038/373335a0. 
  • Oppenheim RW, Houenou LJ, Johnson JE et al. (1995). "Developing motor neurons rescued from programmed and axotomy-induced cell death by GDNF.". Nature 373 (6512): 344–6. PMID 7830769. doi:10.1038/373344a0. 
  • Schaar DG, Sieber BA, Sherwood AC et al. (1995). "Multiple astrocyte transcripts encode nigral trophic factors in rat and human.". Exp. Neurol. 130 (2): 387–93. PMID 7867768. doi:10.1006/exnr.1994.1218. 
  • Lin LF, Doherty DH, Lile JD et al. (1993). "GDNF: a glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor for midbrain dopaminergic neurons.". Science 260 (5111): 1130–2. PMID 8493557. doi:10.1126/science.8493557. 
  • Bermingham N, Hillermann R, Gilmour F et al. (1996). "Human glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) maps to chromosome 5.". Hum. Genet. 96 (6): 671–3. PMID 8522325. doi:10.1007/BF00210297. 
  • Gash DM, Zhang Z, Ovadia A et al. (1996). "Functional recovery in parkinsonian monkeys treated with GDNF.". Nature 380 (6571): 252–5. PMID 8637574. doi:10.1038/380252a0. 
  • Jing S, Wen D, Yu Y et al. (1996). "GDNF-induced activation of the ret protein tyrosine kinase is mediated by GDNFR-alpha, a novel receptor for GDNF.". Cell 85 (7): 1113–24. PMID 8674117. doi:10.1016/S0092-8674(00)81311-2. 
  • Angrist M, Bolk S, Halushka M et al. (1996). "Germline mutations in glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and RET in a Hirschsprung disease patient.". Nat. Genet. 14 (3): 341–4. PMID 8896568. doi:10.1038/ng1196-341. 
  • Salomon R, Attié T, Pelet A et al. (1996). "Germline mutations of the RET ligand GDNF are not sufficient to cause Hirschsprung disease.". Nat. Genet. 14 (3): 345–7. PMID 8896569. doi:10.1038/ng1196-345. 
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  • Jing S, Yu Y, Fang M et al. (1998). "GFRalpha-2 and GFRalpha-3 are two new receptors for ligands of the GDNF family.". J. Biol. Chem. 272 (52): 33111–7. PMID 9407096. doi:10.1074/jbc.272.52.33111. 
  • Eng C, Myers SM, Kogon MD et al. (1998). "Genomic structure and chromosomal localization of the human GDNFR-alpha gene.". Oncogene 16 (5): 597–601. PMID 9482105. doi:10.1038/sj.onc.1201573. 
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