Wnt signalling in neuronal differentiation and development

Nibaldo C. Inestrosa, Lorena Varela-Nallar

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Wnts are secreted glycoproteins that play multiple roles in early development, including the differentiation of precursor cells. During this period, gradients of Wnts and other morphogens are formed and regulate the differentiation and migration of neural progenitor cells. Afterwards, Wnt signalling cascades participate in the formation of neuronal circuits, playing roles in dendrite and axon development, dendritic spine formation and synaptogenesis. Finally, in the adult brain, Wnts control hippocampal plasticity, regulating synaptic transmission and neurogenesis. In this review, we summarize the reported roles of Wnt signalling cascades in these processes with a particular emphasis on the role of Wnts in neuronal differentiation and development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-223
Number of pages9
JournalCell and Tissue Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


  • Adult neurogenesis
  • Neural progenitor cells
  • Neuronal differentiation
  • Neuronal maturation
  • Wnt signalling pathway

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Cell Biology

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