Src family kinases: modulators of neurotransmitter receptor function and behavior

Trends Neurosci. 2011 Dec;34(12):629-37. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2011.09.005. Epub 2011 Nov 1.


Src family kinases (SFKs) are non-receptor-type protein tyrosine kinases that were originally identified as the products of proto-oncogenes and were subsequently implicated in the regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation in the developing mammalian brain. Recent studies using transgenic mouse models have demonstrated that SFKs that are highly expressed in the adult brain regulate neuronal plasticity and behavior through tyrosine phosphorylation of key substrates such as neurotransmitter receptors. Here, we provide an overview of these recent studies, as well as discussing how modulation of the endocytosis of neurotransmitter receptors by SFKs contributes, in part, to this regulation. Deregulation of SFK-dependent tyrosine phosphorylation of such substrates might underlie certain brain disorders.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior / drug effects
  • Behavior / physiology
  • Brain / cytology
  • Brain / enzymology
  • Brain / physiology
  • Ethanol / pharmacology
  • Humans
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology
  • Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases / metabolism
  • Receptors, Neurotransmitter / metabolism*
  • Synaptic Transmission / physiology
  • src-Family Kinases / chemistry
  • src-Family Kinases / genetics
  • src-Family Kinases / metabolism*


  • Receptors, Neurotransmitter
  • Ethanol
  • src-Family Kinases
  • Protein Tyrosine Phosphatases