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Trans-synaptic adhesions between netrin-G ligand-3 (NGL-3) and receptor tyrosine phosphatases LAR, protein-tyrosine phosphatase delta (PTPdelta), and PTPsigma via specific domains regulate excitatory synapse formation.

Authors: Kwon, Seok-Kyu  Woo, Jooyeon  Kim, Soo-Young  Kim, Hyun  Kim, Eunjoon 
Citation: Kwon SK, etal., J Biol Chem. 2010 Apr 30;285(18):13966-78. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M109.061127. Epub 2010 Feb 6.
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:20139422
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1074/jbc.M109.061127

Synaptic cell adhesion molecules regulate various steps of synapse formation. The trans-synaptic adhesion between postsynaptic NGL-3 (for netrin-G ligand-3) and presynaptic LAR (for leukocyte antigen-related) regulates excitatory synapse formation in a bidirectional manner. However, little is known about the molecular details of the NGL-3-LAR adhesion and whether two additional LAR family proteins, protein-tyrosine phosphatase delta (PTPdelta), and PTPsigma, also interact with NGL-3 and are involved in synapse formation. We report here that the leucine-rich repeat (LRR) domain of NGL-3, containing nine LRRs, interacts with the first two fibronectin III (FNIII) domains of LAR to induce bidirectional synapse formation. Moreover, Gln-96 in the first LRR motif of NGL-3 is critical for LAR binding and induction of presynaptic differentiation. PTPdelta and PTPsigma also interact with NGL-3 via their first two FNIII domains. These two interactions promote synapse formation in a different manner; the PTPsigma-NGL-3 interaction promotes synapse formation in a bidirectional manner, whereas the PTPdelta-NGL-3 interaction instructs only presynaptic differentiation in a unidirectional manner. mRNAs encoding LAR family proteins display overlapping and differential expression patterns in various brain regions. These results suggest that trans-synaptic adhesion between NGL-3 and the three LAR family proteins regulates excitatory synapse formation in shared and distinct neural circuits.


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