The world's first wiki where authorship really matters (Nature Genetics, 2008). Due credit and reputation for authors. Imagine a global collaborative knowledge base for original thoughts. Search thousands of articles and collaborate with scientists around the globe.

wikigene or wiki gene protein drug chemical gene disease author authorship tracking collaborative publishing evolutionary knowledge reputation system wiki2.0 global collaboration genes proteins drugs chemicals diseases compound
Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Expression of GFR alpha-1, GFR alpha-2, and c-Ret mRNAs in rat adrenal gland.

Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF), an important factor for developing and lesioned pre- and postganglionic sympathetic neurons, and its congeners signal through a receptor complex consisting of the tyrosine kinase c-Ret and a lipid-anchored alpha receptor (GFR alpha 1-4). Using in situ hybridization we show now that the mRNA for GFR alpha-2 is abundant in the adult rat adrenal medulla and its chromaffin cells. Coexpression of c-Ret and GFR alpha-1 mRNA's is restricted to a scarce subpopulation of medullary sympathetic neurons. Both GFR alpha-1 and GFR alpha-2 mRNA's are associated with preganglionic nerve trunks in the adrenal cortex. It is conceivable therefore that GDNF and related factors may activate chromaffin and preganglionic Schwann cells through a GFR-alpha receptor in absence of c-Ret.[1]


  1. Expression of GFR alpha-1, GFR alpha-2, and c-Ret mRNAs in rat adrenal gland. Schober, A., Arumäe, U., Saarma, M., Unsicker, K. J. Neurocytol. (2000) [Pubmed]
WikiGenes - Universities