alexa NogoA restricts synaptic plasticity in the adult hippocampus on a fast time scale.
Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology

Journal of Cell Science & Therapy

Author(s): Delekate A, Zagrebelsky M, Kramer S, Schwab ME, Korte M

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Abstract Whereas the role of NogoA in limiting axonal fiber growth and regeneration following an injury of the mammalian central nervous system (CNS) is well known, its physiological functions in the mature uninjured CNS are less well characterized. NogoA is mainly expressed by oligodendrocytes, but also by subpopulations of neurons, in particular in plastic regions of the CNS, e.g., in the hippocampus where it is found at synaptic sites. We analyzed synaptic transmission as well as long-term synaptic plasticity (long-term potentiation, LTP) in the presence of function blocking anti-NogoA or anti-Nogo receptor (NgR) antibodies and in NogoA KO mice. Whereas baseline synaptic transmission, short-term plasticity and long-term depression were not affected by either approach, long-term potentiation was significantly increased following NogoA or NgR1 neutralization. Synaptic potentiation thus seems to be restricted by NogoA. Surprisingly, synaptic weakening was not affected by interfering with NogoA signaling. Mechanistically of interest is the observation that by blockade of the GABA(A) receptors normal synaptic strengthening reoccurred in the absence of NogoA signaling. The present results show a unique role of NogoA expressed in the adult hippocampus in restricting physiological synaptic plasticity on a very fast time scale. NogoA could thus serve as an important negative regulator of functional and structural plasticity in mature neuronal networks.
This article was published in Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A and referenced in Journal of Cell Science & Therapy

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