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Tenectin recruits integrin to stabilize bouton architecture and regulate vesicle release at the Drosophila neuromuscular junction

  1. Qi Wang
  2. Tae Hee Han
  3. Peter Nguyen
  4. Michal Jarnik
  5. Mihaela Serpe  Is a corresponding author
  1. National Institutes of Health, United States
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Cite this article as: eLife 2018;7:e35518 doi: 10.7554/eLife.35518

Abstract

Assembly, maintenance and function of synaptic junctions depend on extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins and their receptors. Here we report that Tenectin (Tnc), a Mucin-type protein with RGD motifs, is an ECM component required for the structural and functional integrity of synaptic specializations at the neuromuscular junction (NMJ) in Drosophila. Using genetics, biochemistry, electrophysiology, histology and electron microscopy, we show that Tnc is secreted from motor neurons and striated muscles and accumulates in the synaptic cleft. Tnc selectively recruits αPS2/βPS integrin at synaptic terminals, but only the cis Tnc/integrin complexes appear to be biologically active. These complexes have distinct pre- and postsynaptic functions, mediated at least in part through the local engagement of the spectrin-based membrane skeleton: the presynaptic complexes control neurotransmitter release, while postsynaptic complexes ensure the size and architectural integrity of synaptic boutons. Our study reveals an unprecedented role for integrin in the synaptic recruitment of spectrin-based membrane skeleton.

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  1. Qi Wang

    Section on Cellular Communication, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, United States
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  2. Tae Hee Han

    Section on Cellular Communication, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, United States
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  3. Peter Nguyen

    Section on Cellular Communication, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, United States
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  4. Michal Jarnik

    Cell Biology and Neurobiology Branch, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, United States
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  5. Mihaela Serpe

    Section on Cellular Communication, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, United States
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NIH Office of the Director (Z01 HD008914)

  • Qi Wang
  • Tae Hee Han
  • Peter Nguyen
  • Mihaela Serpe

NIH Office of the Director (Z01 HD008869)

  • Qi Wang
  • Tae Hee Han
  • Peter Nguyen
  • Mihaela Serpe

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

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  1. Talila Volk, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Publication history

  1. Received: January 30, 2018
  2. Accepted: June 13, 2018
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: June 14, 2018 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: July 11, 2018 (version 2)

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