BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) is a secreted protein that regulates many aspects of neuronal development and function in the nervous system. It is produced as proBDNF in response to neuronal activity or inflammatory stimulation and is then cleaved before associating into a homodimer. It is expressed throughout the nervous system as well as by fibroblasts, megakaryocytes/platelets, and smooth muscle cells. BDNF regulates neural stem cell survival and differentiation, axon/dendrite differentiation, synapse formation and maturation, and refinement of developing circuits. It is also a key regulator of synaptic plasticity and late-phase long-term potentiation. BDNF signals through the TrkB and NGF R/TNFRSF16 receptors. Secreted proBDNF can bind to NGF R/TNFRSF16 and induce long-term depression and cell apoptosis.
PRODUCT AVAILABILITY: Update Regarding the Evolving COVID-19 Situation
Bio-Techne appreciates the critical role that you and our products and services play in research efforts to further scientific innovation and discovery. We are continually assessing our manufacturing and supplier capabilities during the COVID-19 situation and are implementing precautionary measures to ensure uninterrupted supply of products and services. Currently, and as we abide by local shelter in place orders across the world, we are fully operational and do not anticipate any material supply disruptions across our Bio-Techne brands and product lines. As the situation evolves, our goal is to utilize preventive measures to reduce the threat that COVID-19 poses to our ability to meet the needs of our customers globally.