RCAN1 Regulates Bidirectional Synaptic Plasticity.

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Summary of "RCAN1 Regulates Bidirectional Synaptic Plasticity."

Synaptic plasticity, with its two most studied forms, long-term potentiation (LTP) and long-term depression (LTD), is the cellular mechanism underlying learning and memory. Although it has been known for two decades that bidirectional synaptic plasticity necessitates a corresponding bidirectional regulation of calcineurin activity, the underlying molecular mechanism remains elusive. Using organotypic hippocampal slice cultures, we show here that phosphorylation of the endogenous regulator-of-calcineurin (RCAN1) by GSK3β underlies calcineurin activation and is a necessary event for LTD induction, while phosphorylation of RCAN1 at a PKA site blocks calcineurin activity, thereby allowing LTP induction. Our results provide a new mechanism for the regulation of calcineurin in bidirectional synaptic plasticity and establish RCAN1 as a "switch" for bidirectional synaptic plasticity.


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Name: Current biology : CB
ISSN: 1879-0445


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