Nature Reviews Neuroscience 11, 539-551 (August 2010) | doi:10.1038/nrn2870

GSK3 signalling in neural development

Eun-Mi Hur1 & Feng-Quan Zhou1,2,3  About the authors


Recent evidence suggests that glycogen synthase kinase 3 (GSK3) proteins and their upstream and downstream regulators have key roles in many fundamental processes during neurodevelopment. Disruption of GSK3 signalling adversely affects brain development and is associated with several neurodevelopmental disorders. Here, we discuss the mechanisms by which GSK3 activity is regulated in the nervous system and provide an overview of the recent advances in the understanding of how GSK3 signalling controls neurogenesis, neuronal polarization and axon growth during brain development. These recent advances suggest that GSK3 is a crucial node that mediates various cellular processes that are controlled by multiple signalling molecules — for example, disrupted in schizophrenia 1 (DISC1), partitioning defective homologue 3 (PAR3), PAR6 and Wnt proteins — that regulate neurodevelopment.

Author affiliations

  1. Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA.
  2. The Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA.
  3. 215 Ross Research Building, 720 Rutland Ave, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA.

Correspondence to: Feng-Quan Zhou1,2,3 Email:


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