PubMed 21994391

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Automatically associated channels: TRP , TRPC , TRPC1

Title: Postsynaptic TRPC1 function contributes to BDNF-induced synaptic potentiation at the developing neuromuscular junction.

Authors: Julie S McGurk, Sangwoo Shim, Ju Young Kim, Zhexing Wen, Hongjun Song, Guo-li Ming

Journal, date & volume: J. Neurosci., 2011 Oct 12 , 31, 14754-62

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Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) induces synaptic potentiation at both neuromuscular junctions (NMJs) and synapses of the CNS through a Ca2+ -dependent pathway. The molecular mechanism underlying BDNF-induced synaptic potentiation, especially the regulation of Ca2+ dynamics, is not well understood. Using the Xenopus NMJ in culture as a model system, we show that pharmacological inhibition or morpholino-mediated knockdown of Xenopus TRPC1 (XTRPC1) significantly attenuated the BDNF-induced potentiation of the frequency of spontaneous synaptic responses at the NMJ. Functionally, XTRPC1 was required specifically in postsynaptic myocytes for BDNF-induced Ca2+ elevation and full synaptic potentiation at the NMJ, suggesting a previously underappreciated postsynaptic function of Ca2+ signaling in neurotrophin-induced synaptic plasticity, in addition to its well established role at presynaptic sites. Mechanistically, blockade of the p75 neurotrophin receptor abolished BDNF-induced postsynaptic Ca2+ elevation and restricted BDNF-induced synaptic potentiation, while knockdown of the TrkB receptor in postsynaptic myocytes had no effect. Our study suggests that BDNF-induced synaptic potentiation involves coordinated presynaptic and postsynaptic responses and identifies TRPC1 as a molecular mediator for postsynaptic Ca2+ elevation required for BDNF-induced synaptic plasticity.