Differential roles of NR2A and NR2B subtypes in NMDA receptor-dependent protein synthesis in dendrites

Dang Hai Tran, Ruomu Gong, Shao-Jun Tang

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Abstract

Protein synthesis in dendrites is critical for long-term synaptic plasticity. Previous studies have identified an essential role of NMDA receptors in control of activity-dependent dendritic protein synthesis, but the contribution of NR2A- and NR2B-containing NMDA receptors, the two predominant subtypes of NMDA receptors in the forebrain, has not been determined. Using a pharmacological approach, we investigated the role of NR2A and NR2B subtypes in the regulation of NMDA-induced dendritic translation of a GFP reporter mRNA controlled by CaMKII untranslated regions (UTRs). We found that ifenprodil and Ro25-6981, two specific inhibitors of NR2B-containing NMDA receptors, did not affect dendritic GFP synthesis induced by NMDA. In contrast, NVP-AAM077, an antagonist that preferentially blocks the NR2A subtype, completely abolished NMDA-induced GFP synthesis in dendrites. Our results together suggest that NR2A but not NR2B subtypes are indispensable for NMDA receptor-dependent dendritic protein synthesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)252-256
Number of pages5
JournalNeuropharmacology
Volume53
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes

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N-Methylaspartate
Dendrites
N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptors
Untranslated Regions
Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase Type 2
Proteins
Neuronal Plasticity
Prosencephalon
Pharmacology
Messenger RNA
NR2B NMDA receptor

Keywords

  • CaMKII
  • Dendritic protein synthesis
  • Hippocampal neurons
  • NMDA receptors
  • NR2A
  • NR2B

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Drug Discovery
  • Pharmacology

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Differential roles of NR2A and NR2B subtypes in NMDA receptor-dependent protein synthesis in dendrites. / Tran, Dang Hai; Gong, Ruomu; Tang, Shao-Jun.

In: Neuropharmacology, Vol. 53, No. 2, 08.2007, p. 252-256.

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