The cellular mechanisms mediating norepinephrine functions in brain to result in behaviors are unknown. We identified the L-type Ca2+ channel (LTCC) CaV1.2 as a principal target for Gq-coupled a1-adrenergic receptors (ARs). a1AR signaling increased LTCC activity in hippocampal neurons. This regulation required PKC-mediated activation of the tyrosine kinases Pyk2 and, downstream, Src. Pyk2 and Src were associated with CaV1.2. In model neuroendocrine PC12 cells, stimulation of PKC induced tyrosine phosphorylation of CaV1.2, a modification abrogated by inhibition of Pyk2 and Src. Upregulation of LTCC activity by a1AR and formation of a signaling complex with PKC, Pyk2, and Src suggests that CaV1.2 is a central conduit for signaling by norepinephrine. Indeed, a form of hippocampal LTP in young mice requires both the LTCC and a1AR stimulation. Inhibition of Pyk2 and Src blocked this LTP, indicating that enhancement of CaV1.2 activity via a1AR - Pyk2 - Src signaling regulates synaptic strength.
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- Johannes W Hell
- Johannes W Hell
- Manuel F Navedo
- Manuel F Navedo
- Peter B Henderson
- Madeline Nieves-Cintron
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Animal experimentation: All procedures followed NIH guidelines and had been approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUC) at UC Davis (Protocol #20673 and #22403).
- Yukiko Goda, Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Japan
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