A Cdh1-APC/FMRP Ubiquitin Signaling Link Drives mGluR-Dependent Synaptic Plasticity in the Mammalian Brain

Ju Huang, Yoshiho Ikeuchi, Marcos Malumbres, Azad Bonni

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Abstract

Deregulation of synaptic plasticity may contribute to the pathogenesis of developmental cognitive disorders. In particular, exaggerated mGluR-dependent LTD is featured in fragile X syndrome, but the mechanisms that regulate mGluR-LTD remain incompletely understood. We report that conditional knockout of Cdh1, the key regulatory subunit of the ubiquitin ligaseCdh1-anaphase-promoting complex (Cdh1-APC), profoundly impairs mGluR-LTD in the hippocampus. Mechanistically, we find that Cdh1-APC operates in the cytoplasm to drive mGluR-LTD. We also identify the fragile X syndrome protein FMRP as a substrate of Cdh1-APC. Endogenous Cdh1-APC forms acomplex with endogenous FMRP, and knockout ofCdh1 impairs mGluR-induced ubiquitination and degradation of FMRP in the hippocampus. Knockout of FMRP suppresses, and expression of an FMRP mutant protein that fails to interact with Cdh1 phenocopies, the Cdh1 knockout phenotype of impaired mGluR-LTD. These findings define Cdh1-APC and FMRP as components of a novel ubiquitin signaling pathway that regulates mGluR-LTD in the brain. Huang etal. identify a novel signaling link between the major ubiquitin ligase Cdh1-APC and the fragile X syndrome protein FMRP that regulates mGluR-dependent synaptic plasticity, with significant implications for our understanding of fragile X and related syndromes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)726-739
Number of pages14
JournalNeuron
Volume86
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 6 2015

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