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GABAB receptor auxiliary subunits modulate Cav2.3-mediated release from medial habenula terminals

  1. Pradeep Bhandari
  2. David Vandael
  3. Diego Fernández-Fernández
  4. Thorsten Fritzius
  5. David Kleindienst
  6. Cihan Önal
  7. Jacqueline Montanaro
  8. Martin Gassmann
  9. Peter Jonas
  10. Akos Kulik
  11. Bernhard Bettler
  12. Ryuichi Shigemoto  Is a corresponding author
  13. Peter Koppensteiner  Is a corresponding author
  1. Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Austria
  2. University of Basel, Switzerland
  3. University of Freiburg, Germany
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Cite this article as: eLife 2021;10:e68274 doi: 10.7554/eLife.68274

Abstract

The synaptic connection from medial habenula (MHb) to interpeduncular nucleus (IPN) is critical for emotion-related behaviors, and uniquely expresses R-type Ca2+ channels (Cav2.3) and auxiliary GABAB receptor (GBR) subunits, the K+-channel tetramerization domain-containing proteins (KCTDs). Activation of GBRs facilitates or inhibits transmitter release from MHb terminals depending on the IPN subnucleus, but the role of KCTDs is unknown. We therefore examined the localization and function of Cav2.3, GBRs, and KCTDs in this pathway in mice. We show in heterologous cells that KCTD8 and KCTD12b directly bind to Cav2.3 and that KCTD8 potentiates Cav2.3 currents in the absence of GBRs. In the rostral IPN, KCTD8, KCTD12b and Cav2.3 co-localize at the presynaptic active zone. Genetic deletion indicated a bidirectional modulation of Cav2.3-mediated release by these KCTDs with a compensatory increase of KCTD8 in the active zone in KCTD12b-deficient mice. The interaction of Cav2.3 with KCTDs therefore scales synaptic strength independent of GBR activation.

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  1. Pradeep Bhandari

    Neuroscience, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg, Austria
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  2. David Vandael

    Neuroscience, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg, Austria
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  3. Diego Fernández-Fernández

    Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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  4. Thorsten Fritzius

    Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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  5. David Kleindienst

    Neuroscience, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg, Austria
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  6. Cihan Önal

    Neuroscience, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg, Austria
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  7. Jacqueline Montanaro

    IST Austria, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg,, Austria
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  8. Martin Gassmann

    Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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  9. Peter Jonas

    Neuroscience, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg, Austria
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  10. Akos Kulik

    Institute of Physiology, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
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  11. Bernhard Bettler

    Department of Biomedicine, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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  12. Ryuichi Shigemoto

    Neuroscience, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg, Austria
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    ryuichi.shigemoto@ist.ac.at
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  13. Peter Koppensteiner

    Neuroscience, Institute of Science and Technology Austria, Klosterneuburg, Austria
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    peter.koppensteiner@ist.ac.at
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Funding

H2020 European Research Council (694539)

  • Ryuichi Shigemoto

H2020 European Research Council (692692)

  • Peter Jonas

Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (31003A‐172881)

  • Bernhard Bettler

H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (665385)

  • Cihan Önal

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (For2143)

  • Akos Kulik

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (BIOSS-2)

  • Akos Kulik

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

Ethics

Animal experimentation: All experiments were performed in accordance with the license approved by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research (Animal license number: BMWFW-66.018/0012-WF/V/3b/2016) and the Austrian and EU animal laws.

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  1. Yukiko Goda, RIKEN, Japan

Publication history

  1. Received: March 10, 2021
  2. Accepted: April 28, 2021
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: April 29, 2021 (version 1)

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© 2021, Bhandari et al.

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