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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120426/astrocytic-neuroligins-control-astrocyte-morphogenesis-and-synaptogenesis
#1
Jeff A Stogsdill, Juan Ramirez, Di Liu, Yong Ho Kim, Katherine T Baldwin, Eray Enustun, Tiffany Ejikeme, Ru-Rong Ji, Cagla Eroglu
Astrocytes are complex glial cells with numerous fine cellular processes that infiltrate the neuropil and interact with synapses. The mechanisms that control the establishment of astrocyte morphology are unknown, and it is unclear whether impairing astrocytic infiltration of the neuropil alters synaptic connectivity. Here we show that astrocyte morphogenesis in the mouse cortex depends on direct contact with neuronal processes and occurs in parallel with the growth and activity of synaptic circuits. The neuroligin family cell adhesion proteins NL1, NL2, and NL3, which are expressed by cortical astrocytes, control astrocyte morphogenesis through interactions with neuronal neurexins...
November 8, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100073/synaptic-neurexin-complexes-a-molecular-code-for-the-logic-of-neural-circuits
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REVIEW
Thomas C Südhof
Synapses are specialized junctions between neurons in brain that transmit and compute information, thereby connecting neurons into millions of overlapping and interdigitated neural circuits. Here, we posit that the establishment, properties, and dynamics of synapses are governed by a molecular logic that is controlled by diverse trans-synaptic signaling molecules. Neurexins, expressed in thousands of alternatively spliced isoforms, are central components of this dynamic code. Presynaptic neurexins regulate synapse properties via differential binding to multifarious postsynaptic ligands, such as neuroligins, cerebellin/GluD complexes, and latrophilins, thereby shaping the input/output relations of their resident neural circuits...
November 2, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079805/genetic-interaction-of-disc1-and-neurexin-in-the-development-of-fruit-fly-glutamatergic-synapses
#3
Himani Pandey, Katia Bourahmoune, Takato Honda, Ken Honjo, Kazuki Kurita, Tomohito Sato, Akira Sawa, Katsuo Furukubo-Tokunaga
Originally identified at the breakpoint of a (1;11)(q42.1; q14.3) chromosomal translocation in a Scottish family with a wide range of mental disorders, the DISC1 gene has been a focus of intensive investigations as an entry point to study the molecular mechanisms of diverse mental dysfunctions. Perturbations of the DISC1 functions lead to behavioral changes in animal models, which are relevant to psychiatric conditions in patients. In this work, we have expressed the human DISC1 gene in the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster) and performed a genetic screening for the mutations of psychiatric risk genes that cause modifications of DISC1 synaptic phenotypes at the neuromuscular junction...
October 27, 2017: NPJ Schizophrenia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045040/neurexin-gene-family-variants-as-risk-factors-for-autism-spectrum-disorder
#4
Jia Wang, Jianhua Gong, Li Li, Yanlin Chen, Lingfei Liu, HuaiTing Gu, Xiu Luo, Fang Hou, Jiajia Zhang, Ranran Song
Increasing evidence suggests that abnormal synaptic function leads to neuronal developmental disorders and is an important component of the etiology of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Neurexins are presynaptic cell-adhesion molecules that affect the function of synapses and mediate the conduction of nerve signals. Thus, neurexins are attractive candidate genes for autism. Since gene families have greater power to reveal genetic association than single genes, we designed this case-control study to investigate six genetic variants in three neurexin genes (NRXN1, NRXN2, and NRXN3) in a Chinese population including 529 ASD patients and 1,923 healthy controls...
October 16, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028156/genetic-background-effects-in-neuroligin-3-mutant-mice-minimal-behavioral-abnormalities-on-c57-background
#5
Thomas C Jaramillo, Christine Ochoa Escamilla, Shunan Liu, Lauren Peca, Shari G Birnbaum, Craig M Powell
Neuroligin-3 (NLGN3) is a postsynaptic cell adhesion protein that interacts with presynaptic ligands including neurexin-1 (NRXN1) [Ichtchenko et al., Journal of Biological Chemistry, 271, 2676-2682, 1996]. Mice harboring a mutation in the NLGN3 gene (NL3R451C) mimicking a mutation found in two brothers with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were previously generated and behaviorally phenotyped for autism-related behaviors. In these NL3R451C mice generated and tested on a hybrid C57BL6J/129S2/SvPasCrl background, we observed enhanced spatial memory and reduced social interaction [Tabuchi et al...
October 13, 2017: Autism Research: Official Journal of the International Society for Autism Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028155/a-parallel-reaction-monitoring-mass-spectrometric-method-for-analysis-of-potential-csf-biomarkers-for-alzheimer-s-disease
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Gunnar Brinkmalm, Simon Sjödin, Anja Hviid Simonsen, Steen Gregers Hasselbalch, Henrik Zetterberg, Ann Brinkmalm, Kaj Blennow
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate a parallel reaction monitoring mass spectrometry (PRM-MS) assay consisting of a panel of potential protein biomarkers in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN: Thirteen proteins were selected based on their association with neurodegenerative diseases and involvement in synaptic function, secretory vesicle function, or innate immune system. CSF samples were digested and 2-3 peptides per protein were quantified using stable isotope-labeled peptide standards...
October 13, 2017: Proteomics. Clinical Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025866/declining-levels-of-functionally-specialized-synaptic-proteins-in-plasma-neuronal-exosomes-with-progression-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#7
Edward J Goetzl, Erin L Abner, Gregory A Jicha, Dimitrios Kapogiannis, Janice B Schwartz
Interactions of the presynaptic proteins, neuronal pentraxin 2 (NPTX2) and neurexin 2α (NRXN2α), with their respective postsynaptic functional partners, GluA4-containing glutamate (AMPA4) receptor and neuroligin 1 (NLGN1), enhance excitatory synaptic activity in some areas of the hippocampus and cerebral cortex. As early damage of such excitatory circuits in the brain tissues of participants with Alzheimer's disease (AD) correlates with cognitive losses, plasma neuron-derived exosome (NDE) levels of these 2 pairs of specialized synaptic proteins were quantified to assess their biomarker characteristics...
October 12, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975140/patient-derived-hipsc-neurons-with-heterozygous-cntnap2-deletions-display-altered-neuronal-gene-expression-and-network-activity
#8
Erin Flaherty, Rania M Deranieh, Elena Artimovich, Inkyu S Lee, Arthur J Siegel, Deborah L Levy, Michael W Nestor, Kristen J Brennand
Variants in CNTNAP2, a member of the neurexin family of genes that function as cell adhesion molecules, have been associated with multiple neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability; animal studies indicate a role for CNTNAP2 in axon guidance, dendritic arborization and synaptogenesis. We previously reprogrammed fibroblasts from a family trio consisting of two carriers of heterozygous intragenic CNTNAP2 deletions into human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and described decreased migration in the neural progenitor cells (NPCs) differentiated from the affected CNTNAP2 carrier in this trio...
2017: NPJ Schizophrenia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28970473/patient-derived-hipsc-neurons-with-heterozygous-cntnap2-deletions-display-altered-neuronal-gene-expression-and-network-activity
#9
Erin Flaherty, Rania M Deranieh, Elena Artimovich, Inkyu S Lee, Arthur J Siegel, Deborah L Levy, Michael W Nestor, Kristen J Brennand
Variants in CNTNAP2, a member of the neurexin family of genes that function as cell adhesion molecules, have been associated with multiple neuropsychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia, autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability; animal studies indicate a role for CNTNAP2 in axon guidance, dendritic arborization and synaptogenesis. We previously reprogrammed fibroblasts from a family trio consisting of two carriers of heterozygous intragenic CNTNAP2 deletions into human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) and described decreased migration in the neural progenitor cells (NPCs) differentiated from the affected CNTNAP2 carrier in this trio...
October 2, 2017: NPJ Schizophrenia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28957672/structural-mechanism-for-modulation-of-synaptic-neuroligin-neurexin-signaling-by-mdga-proteins
#10
Jonathan Elegheert, Vedrana Cvetkovska, Amber J Clayton, Christina Heroven, Kristel M Vennekens, Samuel N Smukowski, Michael C Regan, Wanyi Jia, Alexandra C Smith, Hiro Furukawa, Jeffrey N Savas, Joris de Wit, Jo Begbie, Ann Marie Craig, A Radu Aricescu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 27, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948087/not-all-neuroligin-3-and-4x-missense-variants-lead-to-significant-functional-inactivation
#11
Xiaojuan Xu, Zhengmao Hu, Lusi Zhang, Hongfang Liu, Yuemei Cheng, Kun Xia, Xuehong Zhang
INTRODUCTION: Neuroligins are postsynaptic cell adhesion molecules that interact with neurexins to regulate the fine balance between excitation and inhibition of synapses. Recently, accumulating evidence, involving mutation analysis, cellular assays, and mouse models, has suggested that neuroligin (NLGN) mutations affect synapse maturation and function. Previously, four missense variations [p.G426S (NLGN3), p.G84R (NLGN4X), p.Q162K (NLGN4X), and p.A283T (NLGN4X)] in four different unrelated patients have been identified by PCR and direct sequencing...
September 2017: Brain and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939043/neuroligin-induced-presynaptic-differentiation-through-slm2-mediated-splicing-modifications-of-neurexin-in-cerebellar-cultures
#12
Yuji Sato, Satoko Suzuki, Yoko Iijima, Takatoshi Iijima
Neurexins (NRXs) and neuroligins (NLs) play important roles in synapse specification. The alternatively spliced segment 4 (AS4) of NRX genes (Nrxn) is a critical element in selective trans-synaptic interactions. However, the role of splicing of NRXs and NLs in synapse specification is not fully understood. To investigate the exact role of splice-dependent NRX-NL interaction in the specification of glutamatergic and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-ergic synapses in the cerebellum, we evaluated the synaptogenic receptor activity of NL1/2/3 isoforms in a neuron-fibroblast co-culture system, in which the Nrxn AS4 segments are manipulated using SLM2, a selective and dominant regulator of AS4 splicing...
November 18, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915150/tics-and-tourette-a-clinical-pathophysiological-and-etiological-review
#13
Russell C Dale
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Describe developments in the etiological understanding of Tourette syndrome. RECENT FINDINGS: Tourette syndrome is a complex heterogenous clinical syndrome, which is not a unitary entity. Pathophysiological models describe gamma-aminobutyric acid-ergic-associated disinhibition of cortico-basal ganglia motor, sensory and limbic loops. MRI studies support basal ganglia volume loss, with additional white matter and cerebellar changes. Tourette syndrome cause likely involves multiple vulnerability genes and environmental factors...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901288/multiple-conserved-cell-adhesion-protein-interactions-mediate-neural-wiring-of-a-sensory-circuit-in-c-elegans
#14
Byunghyuk Kim, Scott W Emmons
Nervous system function relies on precise synaptic connections. A number of widely-conserved cell adhesion proteins are implicated in cell recognition between synaptic partners, but how these proteins act as a group to specify a complex neural network is poorly understood. Taking advantage of known connectivity in C. elegans, we identified and studied cell adhesion genes expressed in three interacting neurons in the mating circuits of the adult male. Two interacting pairs of cell surface proteins independently promote fasciculation between sensory neuron HOA and its postsynaptic target interneuron AVG: BAM-2/neurexin-related in HOA binds to CASY-1/calsyntenin in AVG; SAX-7/L1CAM in sensory neuron PHC binds to RIG-6/contactin in AVG...
September 13, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879499/impaired-dopamine-dependent-locomotory-behavior-of-c-elegans-neuroligin-mutants-depends-on-the-catechol-o-methyltransferase-comt-4
#15
Ángel Rodríguez-Ramos, M Mar Gámez-Del-Estal, Montserrat Porta-de-la-Riva, Julián Cerón, Manuel Ruiz-Rubio
Neurexins and neuroligins are neuronal membrane adhesion molecules that have been involved in neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. The nrx-1 and nlg-1 genes of Caenorhabditis elegans encode NRX-1 and NLG-1, orthologue proteins of human neurexins and neuroligins, respectively. Dopaminergic and serotoninergic signalling control the locomotory rate of the nematode. When well-fed animals are transferred to a plate with food (bacterial lawn), they reduce the locomotory rate. This behavior, which depends on dopamine, is known as basal slowing response (BSR)...
September 6, 2017: Behavior Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877468/cbln1-and-cbln4-are-structurally-similar-but-differ-in-glud2-binding-interactions
#16
Chen Zhong, Jinlong Shen, Huibing Zhang, Guangyi Li, Senlin Shen, Fang Wang, Kuan Hu, Longxing Cao, Yongning He, Jianping Ding
Unlike cerebellin 1 (Cbln1), which bridges neurexin (Nrxn) receptors and δ-type glutamate receptors in a trans-synaptic triad, Cbln4 was reported to have no or weak binding for the receptors despite sharing ∼70% sequence identity with Cbln1. Here, we report crystal structures of the homotrimers of the C1q domain of Cbln1 and Cbln4 at 2.2 and 2.3 Å resolution, respectively. Comparison of the structures suggests that the difference between Cbln1 and Cbln4 in GluD2 binding might be because of their sequence and structural divergence in loop CD...
September 5, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874577/stachel-independent-modulation-of-gpr56-adgrg1-signaling-by-synthetic-ligands-directed-to-its-extracellular-region
#17
Gabriel S Salzman, Shu Zhang, Ankit Gupta, Akiko Koide, Shohei Koide, Demet Araç
Adhesion G protein-coupled receptors (aGPCRs) play critical roles in diverse biological processes, including neurodevelopment and cancer progression. aGPCRs are characterized by large and diverse extracellular regions (ECRs) that are autoproteolytically cleaved from their membrane-embedded signaling domains. Although ECRs regulate receptor function, it is not clear whether ECRs play a direct regulatory role in G-protein signaling or simply serve as a protective cap for the activating "Stachel" sequence. Here, we present a mechanistic analysis of ECR-mediated regulation of GPR56/ADGRG1, an aGPCR with two domains [pentraxin and laminin/neurexin/sex hormonebinding globulin-like (PLL) and G protein-coupled receptor autoproteolysis-inducing (GAIN)] in its ECR...
September 19, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840178/postmalaria-neurologic-syndrome-associated-with-neurexin-3%C3%AE-antibodies
#18
Andreia Costa, André Silva-Pinto, Joana Alves, Nélia Neves, Eugenia Martínez-Hernández, Pedro Abreu, António Sarmento
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Neurology® Neuroimmunology & Neuroinflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817804/structural-mechanism-for-modulation-of-synaptic-neuroligin-neurexin-signaling-by-mdga-proteins
#19
Jonathan Elegheert, Vedrana Cvetkovska, Amber J Clayton, Christina Heroven, Kristel M Vennekens, Samuel N Smukowski, Michael C Regan, Wanyi Jia, Alexandra C Smith, Hiro Furukawa, Jeffrey N Savas, Joris de Wit, Jo Begbie, Ann Marie Craig, A Radu Aricescu
Neuroligin-neurexin (NL-NRX) complexes are fundamental synaptic organizers in the central nervous system. An accurate spatial and temporal control of NL-NRX signaling is crucial to balance excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmission, and perturbations are linked with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. MDGA proteins bind NLs and control their function and interaction with NRXs via unknown mechanisms. Here, we report crystal structures of MDGA1, the NL1-MDGA1 complex, and a spliced NL1 isoform. Two large, multi-domain MDGA molecules fold into rigid triangular structures, cradling a dimeric NL to prevent NRX binding...
August 16, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817794/a-triad-of-crystals-sheds-light-on-mdga-interference-with-neuroligation
#20
Olivier Thoumine, Pascale Marchot
Neurexins and neuroligins form trans-synaptic complexes that promote synapse development. In this issue of Neuron, Aricescu and colleagues (Elegheert et al., 2017) complement and strengthen two recent reports by the Kim and Rudenko teams (Kim et al., 2017; Gangwar et al., 2017) to dissect the molecular determinants by which MDGAs challenge the neurexin-neuroligin partnership.
August 16, 2017: Neuron
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