27. September 2021

Research Paper on the role of PKD in AMPA receptor endocytosis published in Traffic

Protein Kinase D promotes activity-dependent AMPA receptor endocytosis in hippocampal neurons

Carlos O. Oueslati Morales, Attila Ignácz, Norbert Bencsik, Zsofia Sziber, Anikó Erika Rátkai, Wolfgang S. Lieb, Stephan A. Eisler, Attila Szűcs, Katalin Schlett, Angelika Hausser


AMPA type glutamate receptors (AMPARs) mediate the majority of fast excitatory neurotransmission in the brain. The continuous trafficking of AMPARs into and out of synapses is a core feature of synaptic plasticity, which is considered as the cellular basis of learning and memory. The molecular mechanisms underlying the postsynaptic AMPAR trafficking, however, are still not fully understood. In this work, we demonstrate that the Protein Kinase D (PKD) family promotes basal and activity-induced AMPAR endocytosis in primary hippocampal neurons. Pharmacological inhibition of PKD increased synaptic levels of GluA1-containing AMPARs, slowed down their endocytic trafficking and increased neuronal network activity. By contrast, ectopic expression of constitutive active PKD decreased the synaptic level of AMPARs, while increasing their co-localization with early endosomes. Our results thus establish an important role for PKD in the regulation of postsynaptic AMPAR trafficking during synaptic plasticity.


doi: 10.1038/s41418-021-00843-7

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