Neurodevelopmental axonal pathfinding plays a central role in correct brain wiring and subsequent cognitive abilities. Within the growth cone, various intracellular effectors transduce axonal guidance signals by remodeling the cytoskeleton. Semaphorin-3E (Sema3E) is a guidance cue implicated in development of the fornix, a neuronal tract connecting the hippocampus to the hypothalamus. Microtubule-Associated Protein 6 (MAP6) has been shown to be involved in the Sema3E growth-promoting signaling pathway. In this study, we identified the Collapsin Response Mediator Protein 4 (CRMP4) as a MAP6 partner and a crucial effector in Sema3E growth-promoting activity. CRMP4-KO mice displayed abnormal fornix development reminiscent of that observed in Sema3E-KO mice. CRMP4 was shown to interact with the Sema3E tripartite receptor complex within Detergent-Resistant Membrane (DRM) domains, and DRM domain integrity was required to transduce Sema3E signaling through the Akt/GSK3 pathway. Finally, we showed that the cytoskeleton-binding domain of CRMP4 is required for Sema3E's growth-promoting activity, suggesting that CRMP4 plays a role at the interface between Sema3E receptors, located in DRM domains, and the cytoskeleton network. As the fornix is affected in many psychiatric diseases, such as schizophrenia, our results provide new insights to better understand the neurodevelopmental components of these diseases.
All data generated or analysed during this study are included in the manuscript and supporting files. Source data files have been provided for Figure 2, Figure 4, Figure 5, Figure 6 , Figure 7, Figure 8, Figure 9, Figure 10 and supplementary File 1
- Christophe Bosc
- Annie Andrieux
The funder had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.
Animal experimentation: The study protocol was approved by the local animal welfare committee (Comité Local GIN, C2EA-04 - APAFIS number 8303-2016060110523424) and complied with EU guidelines (directive 2010/63/EU). Every precaution was taken to minimize the number of animals used and stress to animals during experiments.
- Fadel Tissir, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
- Received: May 14, 2021
- Accepted: December 2, 2021
- Accepted Manuscript published: December 3, 2021 (version 1)
- Accepted Manuscript updated: December 6, 2021 (version 2)
- Accepted Manuscript updated: December 6, 2021 (version 3)
- Accepted Manuscript updated: December 13, 2021 (version 4)
- Version of Record published: December 17, 2021 (version 5)
- Version of Record updated: December 20, 2021 (version 6)
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