A CDC42EP4/septin-based perisynaptic glial scaffold facilitates glutamate clearance

Natsumi Ageta-Ishihara, Maya Yamazaki, Kohtarou Konno, Hisako Nakayama, Manabu Abe, Kenji Hashimoto, Tomoki Nishioka, Kozo Kaibuchi, Satoko Hattori, Tsuyoshi Miyakawa, Kohichi Tanaka, Fathul Huda, Hirokazu Hirai, Kouichi Hashimoto, Masahiko Watanabe, Kenji Sakimura, Makoto Kinoshita

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The small GTPase-effector proteins CDC42EP1-5/BORG1-5 interact reciprocally with CDC42 or the septin cytoskeleton. Here we show that, in the cerebellum, CDC42EP4 is exclusively expressed in Bergmann glia and localizes beneath specific membrane domains enwrapping dendritic spines of Purkinje cells. CDC42EP4 forms complexes with septin hetero-oligomers, which interact with a subset of glutamate transporter GLAST/EAAT1. In Cdc42ep4-/- mice, GLAST is dissociated from septins and is delocalized away from the parallel fibre-Purkinje cell synapses. The excitatory postsynaptic current exhibits a protracted decay time constant, reduced sensitivity to a competitive inhibitor of the AMPA-type glutamate receptors (Î 3DGG) and excessive baseline inward current in response to a subthreshold dose of a nonselective inhibitor of the glutamate transporters/EAAT1-5 (DL-TBOA). Insufficient glutamate-buffering/clearance capacity in these mice manifests as motor coordination/learning defects, which are aggravated with subthreshold DL-TBOA. We propose that the CDC42EP4/septin-based glial scaffold facilitates perisynaptic localization of GLAST and optimizes the efficiency of glutamate-buffering and clearance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number10090
JournalNature communications
Publication statusPublished - 10-12-2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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