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Interaction between autism-linked MDGAs and neuroligins suppresses inhibitory synapse development.

Authors: Pettem, KL  Yokomaku, D  Takahashi, H  Ge, Y  Craig, AM 
Citation: Pettem KL, etal., J Cell Biol. 2013 Feb 4;200(3):321-36. doi: 10.1083/jcb.201206028. Epub 2013 Jan 28.
RGD ID: 9743980
Pubmed: (View Article at PubMed) PMID:23358245
DOI: Full-text: DOI:10.1083/jcb.201206028

Rare variants in MDGAs (MAM domain-containing glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchors), including multiple protein-truncating deletions, are linked to autism and schizophrenia, but the function of these genes is poorly understood. Here, we show that MDGA1 and MDGA2 bound to neuroligin-2 inhibitory synapse-organizing protein, also implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders. MDGA1 inhibited the synapse-promoting activity of neuroligin-2, without altering neuroligin-2 surface trafficking, by inhibiting interaction of neuroligin-2 with neurexin. MDGA binding and suppression of synaptogenic activity was selective for neuroligin-2 and not neuroligin-1 excitatory synapse organizer. Overexpression of MDGA1 in cultured rat hippocampal neurons reduced inhibitory synapse density without altering excitatory synapse density. Furthermore, RNAi-mediated knockdown of MDGA1 selectively increased inhibitory but not excitatory synapse density. These results identify MDGA1 as one of few identified negative regulators of synapse development with a unique selectivity for inhibitory synapses. These results also place MDGAs in the neurexin-neuroligin synaptic pathway implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders and support the idea that an imbalance between inhibitory and excitatory synapses may contribute to these disorders.


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Genes (Rattus norvegicus)
Mdga1  (MAM domain containing glycosylphosphatidylinositol anchor 1)

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