Perturbed hippocampal synaptic inhibition and γ-oscillations in a neuroligin-4 knockout mouse model of autism

M. Hammer, D. Krueger Burg, L. Tuffy, B. Cooper, H. Taschenberger, S. Goswami, H. Ehrenreich, P.M. Jonas, F. Varoqueaux, J. Rhee, N. Brose, Cell Reports 13 (2015) 516–523.

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Loss-of-function mutations in the synaptic adhesion protein Neuroligin-4 are among the most common genetic abnormalities associated with autism spectrum disorders, but little is known about the function of Neuroligin-4 and the consequences of its loss. We assessed synaptic and network characteristics in Neuroligin-4 knockout mice, focusing on the hippocampus as a model brain region with a critical role in cognition and memory, and found that Neuroligin-4 deletion causes subtle defects of the protein composition and function of GABAergic synapses in the hippocampal CA3 region. Interestingly, these subtle synaptic changes are accompanied by pronounced perturbations of γ-oscillatory network activity, which has been implicated in cognitive function and is altered in multiple psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Our data provide important insights into the mechanisms by which Neuroligin-4-dependent GABAergic synapses may contribute to autism phenotypes and indicate new strategies for therapeutic approaches.
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2015-10-20
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Cell Reports
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This work was supported by the Max Planck Society (N.B. and H.E.), the European Commission (EU-AIMS FP7-115300, N.B. and H.E.; Marie Curie IRG, D.K.-B.), the German Research Foundation (CNMPB, N.B., H.E., and F.V.), the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (D.K.-B.), and the Austrian Fond zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung (P 24909-B24, P.J.). M.H. was a student of the doctoral program Molecular Physiology of the Brain. Dr. J.-M. Fritschy generously provided the GABAARγ2 antibody. We thank F. Benseler, I. Thanhäuser, D. Schwerdtfeger, A. Ronnenberg, and D. Winkler for valuable advice and excellent technical support. We are grateful to the staff at the animal facility of the Max Planck Institute of Experimental Medicine for mouse husbandry.
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13
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3
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516 - 523
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Hammer M, Krueger Burg D, Tuffy L, et al. Perturbed hippocampal synaptic inhibition and γ-oscillations in a neuroligin-4 knockout mouse model of autism. Cell Reports. 2015;13(3):516-523. doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2015.09.011
Hammer, M., Krueger Burg, D., Tuffy, L., Cooper, B., Taschenberger, H., Goswami, S., … Brose, N. (2015). Perturbed hippocampal synaptic inhibition and γ-oscillations in a neuroligin-4 knockout mouse model of autism. Cell Reports, 13(3), 516–523. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2015.09.011
Hammer, Matthieu, Dilja Krueger Burg, Liam Tuffy, Benjamin Cooper, Holger Taschenberger, Sarit Goswami, Hannelore Ehrenreich, et al. “Perturbed Hippocampal Synaptic Inhibition and γ-Oscillations in a Neuroligin-4 Knockout Mouse Model of Autism.” Cell Reports 13, no. 3 (2015): 516–23. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2015.09.011.
M. Hammer et al., “Perturbed hippocampal synaptic inhibition and γ-oscillations in a neuroligin-4 knockout mouse model of autism,” Cell Reports, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 516–523, 2015.
Hammer M, Krueger Burg D, Tuffy L, Cooper B, Taschenberger H, Goswami S, Ehrenreich H, Jonas PM, Varoqueaux F, Rhee J, Brose N. 2015. Perturbed hippocampal synaptic inhibition and γ-oscillations in a neuroligin-4 knockout mouse model of autism. Cell Reports. 13(3), 516–523.
Hammer, Matthieu, et al. “Perturbed Hippocampal Synaptic Inhibition and γ-Oscillations in a Neuroligin-4 Knockout Mouse Model of Autism.” Cell Reports, vol. 13, no. 3, Cell Press, 2015, pp. 516–23, doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2015.09.011.
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