Activin signal transduction pathways

Trends Endocrinol Metab. 2000 Oct;11(8):309-14. doi: 10.1016/s1043-2760(00)00294-0.


Many of the signal transduction pathways required for mammalian endocrine cell function are conserved from flies and worms. These model organisms permitted the illumination of the biological properties of ligands and provided systems in which cellular coactivating molecules could be identified rapidly. Our knowledge about the activin signaling components has been advanced tremendously by the work carried out in these systems. Subsequent research is beginning to reveal the complex interactions that serve to regulate this signaling pathway.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Activins
  • Animals
  • Growth Substances / genetics*
  • Growth Substances / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Inhibins / antagonists & inhibitors
  • Inhibins / genetics*
  • Inhibins / physiology*
  • Signal Transduction / drug effects
  • Signal Transduction / genetics*
  • Signal Transduction / physiology*


  • Growth Substances
  • Activins
  • Inhibins