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J Neurosci October 12, 2011; 31 (41): 14754-62.

Postsynaptic TRPC1 function contributes to BDNF-induced synaptic potentiation at the developing neuromuscular junction.

McGurk JS , Shim S , Kim JY , Wen Z , Song H , Ming GL .

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) induces synaptic potentiation at both neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) and synapses of the CNS through a Ca2+ -dependent pathway. The molecular mechanism underlying BDNF-induced synaptic potentiation, especially the regulation of Ca2+ dynamics, is not well understood. Using the Xenopus NMJ in culture as a model system, we show that pharmacological inhibition or morpholino-mediated knockdown of Xenopus TRPC1 (XTRPC1) significantly attenuated the BDNF-induced potentiation of the frequency of spontaneous synaptic responses at the NMJ. Functionally, XTRPC1 was required specifically in postsynaptic myocytes for BDNF-induced Ca2+ elevation and full synaptic potentiation at the NMJ, suggesting a previously underappreciated postsynaptic function of Ca2+ signaling in neurotrophin-induced synaptic plasticity, in addition to its well established role at presynaptic sites. Mechanistically, blockade of the p75 neurotrophin receptor abolished BDNF-induced postsynaptic Ca2+ elevation and restricted BDNF-induced synaptic potentiation, while knockdown of the TrkB receptor in postsynaptic myocytes had no effect. Our study suggests that BDNF-induced synaptic potentiation involves coordinated presynaptic and postsynaptic responses and identifies TRPC1 as a molecular mediator for postsynaptic Ca2+ elevation required for BDNF-induced synaptic plasticity.

PubMed ID: 21994391
PMC ID: PMC3213207
Article link: J Neurosci
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Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: bdnf ngfr nradd ntrk2 trpc1
Morpholinos: ntrk2 MO2 trpc1 MO1 unnamed MO1

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