OBSOLETE. Any process that modulates the occurrence or rate of cell death by apoptosis in the nervous system. It may stop or prevent or reduce the rate of cell death by apoptosis and it is activated by stress to counteract death signals in central nervous systems. Different neuroprotective mechanisms may be activated to combat distinct types of cellular stress, ERK pathway is one of several neuroprotective mechanisms and it is a model system to study neuronal apoptosis, which may contribute to several neurodegenerative diseases and aging-related neuron loss.
This term was made obsolete because it refers to assays rather than processes. If neuron death by apoptosis is assessed, consider using GO:0043523 regulation of neuron apoptotic process. If neuron death is assessed but the cell death modality isn't defined, refer to GO:0070997 neuron death. Where non-neuronal cells are involved, and/or processes other than cell death are described, please use other terms for annotation.