Inhibition of NFkB DNA binding activity by glucocorticoids in rat brain

Tino Unlap, Richard S. Jope

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The influence of glucocorticoids on the transcription factor NFkB was investigated by using the gel mobility shift assay with nuclear extracts prepared from rat cerebral cortex and hippocampus after a variety of in vivo treatments. Following stimulation with each of three treatments, kainate, pilocarpine, or lithium plus pilocarpine-induced seizures, NFkB DNA binding activity was significantly greater in the cortex and hippocampus from adrenalectomized than from adrenal-intact rats. These results indicate that in rat brain glucocorticoids inhibit NFkB activity in addition to the previously reported inhibition of the transcription factor AP-1 (activator protein 1). Impairment of stimulus-induced transcription factor activity may contribute to the deleterious effects of prolonged elevations of glucocorticoids on neuronal function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-44
Number of pages4
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 22 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Glucocorticoids
  • Kainate
  • NFkB
  • Pilocarpine
  • Seizures
  • Transcription factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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