Clustering and anchoring mechanisms of molecular constituents of postsynaptic scaffolds in dendritic spines.

Abstract:

:Recent technological progress has yielded great amounts of information about the molecular constituents of postsynaptic scaffolds in the dendritic spine. Actin filaments are major cytoskeletal elements in the dendritic spine, and they functionally interact with neurotransmitter receptors via regulatory actin-binding proteins. Drebrin A and alpha-actinin-2 are two major actin-binding proteins in dendritic spines. In adult brains, they are characteristically concentrated in spines, but not in dendritic shafts or cell bodies. Thus, they are part of a unique postsynaptic scaffold consisting of actin filaments, PSD protein family, and neurotransmitter receptors. Localization of NMDA receptors, actin filaments, and actin-binding proteins in spines changes in parallel with development, and in response to synaptic activity. This raises the possibility that clustering and anchoring of these characteristic molecular constituents at postsynaptic scaffolds play important roles in spine function. This article focuses on the clustering and anchoring mechanisms of NMDA receptors and actin filaments, and the involvement of actin-binding proteins, in dendritic spines, and the way in which characteristic postsynaptic scaffolds are built up.

journal_name

Neurosci Res

journal_title

Neuroscience research

authors

Shirao T,Sekino Y

doi

10.1016/s0168-0102(01)00209-7

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2001-05-01 00:00:00

pages

1-7

issue

1

eissn

0168-0102

issn

1872-8111

pii

S0168-0102(01)00209-7

journal_volume

40

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