The Widespread noradrenergic innervations in the brain promotes arousal and learning by molecular mechanisms that remain largely undefined. Recent work shows that the β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) is linked to the AMPA-type glutamate receptor subunit GluA1 via stargazin and PSD-95 (Joiner ML, Lise MF, Yuen EY, Kam AY, Zhang M, Hall DD, Malik ZA, Qian H, Chen Y, Ulrich JD, Burette AC, Weinberg RJ, Law PY, El-Husseini A, Yan Z, Hell JW. EMBO J 29: 482-495, 2010). We now demonstrate that the β2AR plays a prominent role in long-term potentiation (LTP) induced by a train of 900 stimuli at 5 Hz (prolonged theta-tetanus-LTP, or PTT-LTP) in the hippocampal CA1 region in mice, which requires simultaneous β -adrenergic stimulation. Although PTT-LTP was impaired in hippocampal slices from β1AR and β 2AR knockout (KO) mice, only β 2AR-selective stimulation with salbutamol supported this PTT-LTP in wild-type (WT) slices, whereas β1AR-selective stimulation with dobutamine (+ prazosin) did not. Furthermore, only the β 2AR-selective antagonist ICI-118551 and not the β1AR-selective antagonist CGP-20712 inhibited PTT-LTP and phosphorylation of GluA1 on its PKA site S845 in WT slices. Our analysis of S845A knockin (KI) mice indicates that this phosphorylation is relevant for PTT-LTP. These results identify the β 2AR-S845 signaling pathway as a prominent regulator of synaptic plasticity.
- Beta-adrenergic signaling
- Postsynaptic signaling
- Protein kinase A
- α3-hy-droxy-5-methylisoxazole propionic acid receptors
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