Multiple mechanisms for the potentiation of AMPA receptor-mediated transmission by alpha-Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II

Poncer, J. C., Esteban, J. A., Malinow, R. (June 2002) Multiple mechanisms for the potentiation of AMPA receptor-mediated transmission by alpha-Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II. Journal of Neuroscience, 22 (11). pp. 4406-4411. ISSN 0270-6474

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Abstract

Some forms of activity-dependent synaptic potentiation require the activation of postsynaptic Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII). Activation of CaMKII has been shown to phosphorylate the glutamate receptor 1 subunit of the AMPA receptor (AMPAR), thereby affecting some of the properties of the receptor. Here, a recombinant, constitutively active form of αCaMKII tagged with the fluorescent marker green fluorescent protein (GFP) [αCaMKII1–290–enhanced GFP (EGFP)] was expressed in CA1 pyramidal neurons from hippocampal slices. The changes in glutamatergic transmission onto these cells were analyzed. AMPA but not NMDA receptor-mediated EPSCs were specifically potentiated in infected compared with nearby noninfected neurons. This potentiation was associated with a reduction in the proportion of synapses devoid of AMPARs. In addition, expression of αCaMKII1–290–EGFP increased the quantal size of AMPAR-mediated responses. This effect reflected, at least in part, an increased unitary conductance of the channels underlying the EPSCs. These results reveal that several key features of long-term potentiation of hippocampal glutamatergic synapses are reproduced by the sole activity of αCaMKII.

Item Type: Paper
Subjects: bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > protein structure, function, modification > protein types > AMPA receptor
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > protein structure, function, modification
organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > tissues types and functions > hippocampus
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > protein structure, function, modification > protein types > ionotropic glutamate receptor
bioinformatics > genomics and proteomics > genetics & nucleic acid processing > protein structure, function, modification > protein types
organs, tissues, organelles, cell types and functions > tissues types and functions
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Communities: CSHL labs > Malinow lab
Depositing User: Matt Covey
Date: June 2002
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2013 21:02
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2013 21:02
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URI: http://repository.cshl.edu/id/eprint/28770

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