A sex difference in the response of the rodent postsynaptic density to synGAP haploinsufficiency

  1. Tara L Mastro  Is a corresponding author
  2. Anthony Preza
  3. Shinjini Basu
  4. Sumantra Chattarji
  5. Sally M Till
  6. Peter C Kind
  7. Mary B Kennedy  Is a corresponding author
  1. California Institute of Technology, United States
  2. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  3. National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India

Abstract

SynGAP is a postsynaptic density (PSD) protein that binds to PDZ domains of the scaffold protein PSD-95. We previously reported that heterozygous deletion of Syngap1 in mice is correlated with increased steady-state levels of other key PSD proteins that bind PSD-95, although the level of PSD-95 remains constant (Walkup et al., 2016). For example, the ratio to PSD-95 of Transmembrane AMPA-Receptor-associated Proteins (TARPs), which mediate binding of AMPA-type glutamate receptors to PSD-95, was increased in young Syngap1+/- mice. Here we show that only females and not males show a highly significant correlation between an increase in TARP and a decrease in synGAP in the PSDs of Syngap1+/- rodents. The data reveal a sex difference in the adaptation of the PSD scaffold to synGAP haploinsufficiency.

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  1. Tara L Mastro

    Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, United States
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  2. Anthony Preza

    Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, United States
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  3. Shinjini Basu

    Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  4. Sumantra Chattarji

    National Centre for Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bangalore, India
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  5. Sally M Till

    Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  6. Peter C Kind

    Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  7. Mary B Kennedy

    Division of Biology and Biological Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, United States
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Funding

National Institute of Mental Health (MH15456)

  • Tara L Mastro
  • Anthony Preza
  • Mary B Kennedy

Allen and Lenabelle Davis Foundation (Professorship)

  • Mary B Kennedy

National Science Foundation (Postdoctoral Fellowship)

  • Tara L Mastro

Department of Biotechnology , Ministry of Science and Technology

  • Sumantra Chattarji
  • Peter C Kind

Simons Foundation (Grant 529085)

  • Peter C Kind

Patrick Wild Centre (Patrick Wild Centre)

  • Sally M Till
  • Peter C Kind

Medical Research Council (MR/P006213/1)

  • Sally M Till
  • Peter C Kind

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

Ethics

Animal experimentation: This study was performed in strict accordance with the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals of the National Institutes of Health. All of the animals were handled according to approved institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) protocols (1034-18) of California Institute of Technology.

Reviewing Editor

  1. Leslie C Griffith, Brandeis University, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: October 11, 2019
  2. Accepted: January 14, 2020
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: January 15, 2020 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: January 31, 2020 (version 2)

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© 2020, Mastro et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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  1. Tara L Mastro
  2. Anthony Preza
  3. Shinjini Basu
  4. Sumantra Chattarji
  5. Sally M Till
  6. Peter C Kind
  7. Mary B Kennedy
(2020)
A sex difference in the response of the rodent postsynaptic density to synGAP haploinsufficiency
eLife 9:e52656.
https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.52656