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Title: Differential Protein Interactions of NMDA Receptor NR2 Subunits
Authors: Sam, Kevin
Advisor: Aarts, Michelle
Department: Cell and Systems Biology
Issue Date: 11-Jan-2011
Abstract: NMDA-type glutamate receptors (NMDAR) regulate neurotransmission and excitotoxicity. NMDAR signaling is believed to be dependent on NR2 subunit (A-D) composition and interactions with intracellular proteins. To determine the role of individual NR2 subunits in NMDAR signaling, I examined the biochemical interactions and colocalization of NR2A and NR2B NMDAR subunits with PSD-95 and CaMKII. Immunofluorescent colocalization revealed that by perturbing PSD-95 PDZ interactions using a targeted peptide (TAT-NR2B9c) increased association of PSD-95 with NR2A and CaMKII with NR2B; furthermore, decreases in association of CaMKII with NR2A and PSD-95 with NR2B were observed. The effects of TAT-NR2B9c were dependent upon NMDAR stimulation with 10μM NMDA and were not observed in untreated cells or at toxic doses of NMDA (40 μM). Thus, disrupting PSD-95 PDZ interactions produced activity-dependent differences in the co-localization of NR2A and NR2B with key signaling proteins, providing evidence that individual NR2 subunits may confer differential signaling to NMDARs.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25792
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