Postsynaptic clustering of major GABAA receptor subtypes requires the gamma 2 subunit and gephyrin

Christian Essrich, Matthias Lorez, Jack A. Benson, Jean Marc Fritschy, Bernhard Lüscher

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Abstract

Most fast inhibitory neurotransmission in the brain is mediated by GABAA receptors, which are mainly postsynaptic and consist of diverse α and β subunits together with the γ2 subunit. Although the γ2 subunit is not necessary for receptor assembly and translocation to the cell surface, we show here that it is required for clustering of major postsynaptic GABAA receptor subtypes. Loss of GABAA receptor clusters in mice deficient in the γ2 subunit, and in cultured cortical neurons from these mice, is paralleled by loss of the synaptic clustering molecule gephyrin and synaptic GABAergic function. Conversely, inhibiting gephyrin expression causes loss of GABAA receptor clusters. The γ2 subunit and gephyrin are thus interdependent components of the same synaptic complex that is critical for postsynaptic clustering of abundant subtypes of GABAA receptors in vivo.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)563-571
Number of pages9
JournalNature Neuroscience
Volume1
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1998
Externally publishedYes

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GABA-A Receptors
Cluster Analysis
Synaptic Transmission
gephyrin
Neurons
Brain

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Essrich, Christian ; Lorez, Matthias ; Benson, Jack A. ; Fritschy, Jean Marc ; Lüscher, Bernhard. / Postsynaptic clustering of major GABAA receptor subtypes requires the gamma 2 subunit and gephyrin. In: Nature Neuroscience. 1998 ; Vol. 1, No. 7. pp. 563-571.
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In: Nature Neuroscience, Vol. 1, No. 7, 11.1998, p. 563-571.

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