PubMed 24992728

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Automatically associated channels: Cav2.1

Title: Age-dependent kainate sensitivity in heterozygous rolling Nagoya Cav2.1 channel mutant mice.

Authors: Tae Yeon Kim, Takuro Yoshimoto, Yo Aoyama, Kimie Niimi, Eiki Takahashi, Chitoshi Itakura

Journal, date & volume: Pharmacol. Biochem. Behav., 2014 Sep , 124, 250-9

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Cav2.1α1 is involved in glutamate release. The kainate-induced intensive firing of neurons via glutamate receptors causes seizure and neuronal damage, especially in the hippocampus. Cav2.1α1 mutation in homozygous rolling Nagoya (rol/rol) mice caused reduced Ca(2+) permeability compared to wild-type mice. The rol/rol mice exhibited ataxia approximately after 2 weeks of age. Although we have reported that heterozygous rolling Nagoya (rol/+) mice show age-dependent behavioral changes, sensitivity to kainate has not been examined. To examine the relationship between Cav2.1 function and neurological disease, we investigated how Cav2.1 is related to kainate-induced seizure and neuronal damage using 2- and 18-month-old rol/+ mice. The seizure scores of 18-month-old rol/+ mice that received 20mg/kg kainate intraperitoneally were significantly lower than those of wild-type mice. As a consequence of seizure, kainate induced delayed neuronal damage along with astrocytic growth in the hippocampus in wild-type mice, with a moderate effect observed in rol/+ mice. In the hippocampus of 18-month-old rol/+ mice, the levels of mutant-type Cav2.1α1 were increased compared to +/+ mice. The phosphorylation of p38, a mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activated by kainate, was not increased after kainate injection compared to +/+ mice. No difference was observed between 2-month-old rol/+ and wild-type mice intraperitoneally injected with 20mg/kg kainate in these analyses. These findings suggest that rol/+ mice experience age-related changes in sensitivity to kainate due to changes in the p38 MAPK signaling pathway via a mutant Cav2.1 channel. Hence, rol/+ mice may represent a novel model to delineate the association between Cav2.1 function, synaptic transmission, and the postsynaptic signaling cascade.