Targeted in vivo mutations of the AMPA receptor subunit GluR2 and its interacting protein PICK1 eliminate cerebellar long-term depression

Jordan P. Steinberg, Kogo Takamiya, Ying Shen, Jun Xia, Maria E. Rubio, Sandy Yu, Wenying Jin, Gareth M. Thomas, David J. Linden, Richard L. Huganir

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Abstract

Cerebellar long-term depression (LTD) is a major form of synaptic plasticity that is thought to be critical for certain types of motor learning. Phosphorylation of the AMPA receptor subunit GluR2 on serine-880 as well as interaction of GluR2 with PICK1 have been suggested to contribute to the endocytic removal of postsynaptic AMPA receptors during LTD. Here, we show that targeted mutation of PICK1, the GluR2 C-terminal PDZ ligand, or the GluR2 PKC phosphorylation site eliminates cerebellar LTD in mice. LTD can be rescued in cerebellar cultures from mice lacking PICK1 by transfection of wild-type PICK1 but not by a PDZ mutant or a BAR domain mutant deficient in lipid binding, indicating the importance of these domains in PICK1 function. These results demonstrate that PICK1-GluR2 PDZ-based interactions and GluR2 phosphorylation are required for LTD expression in the cerebellum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)845-860
Number of pages16
JournalNeuron
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 16 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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