Temporal and spatial localization of nectin-1 and l-afadin during synaptogenesis in hippocampal neurons.

Abstract

Nectins are cell adhesion molecules that, together with the intracellular binding partner afadin, mediate adhesion and signaling at a variety of intercellular junctions. In this work we studied the distribution of nectin-1 and afadin during hippocampal synapse formation using cultured primary hippocampal neurons. Nectin-1 and afadin cluster at developing synapses between hippocampal neurons. These nectin-afadin clusters uniformly colocalize with N-cadherin-catenin pairs, suggesting that formation of developing synapses involves participation of both bimolecular systems. Nectin-1 is initially expressed at excitatory and inhibitory synapses but is progressively lost at inhibitory synapses during their maturation. Treatment of neurons with actin depolymerizing agents disrupts the synaptically localized nectin-1 and afadin cluster at an early stage and elicits nectin-1 ectodomain shedding. These data indicate that the synaptic localization of nectin-1 and l-afadin are F-actin-dependent and that the shedding of nectin-1 is a mechanism contributing to synaptic plasticity.

DOI: 10.1002/cne.21608

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@article{Lim2008TemporalAS, title={Temporal and spatial localization of nectin-1 and l-afadin during synaptogenesis in hippocampal neurons.}, author={Seung - Taik Lim and Kuei-Cheng Lim and Rita E Giuliano and Howard J. Federoff}, journal={The Journal of comparative neurology}, year={2008}, volume={507 2}, pages={1228-44} }