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Mouton-Liger F., Sahún I., Collin T., Lopes Pereira P., Masini D., Thomas S., Paly E., Luilier S., Même S., Jouhault Q., Bennaï S., Beloeil J.-C., Bizot J.-C., Hérault Y., Dierssen M. and Créau N.

Developmental molecular and functional cerebellar alterations induced by PCP4/PEP19 overexpression : Implications for Down syndrome

Neurobiology of Disease 63 92-106 - doi : 10.1016/j.nbd.2013.11.016

par Frapart - publié le , mis à jour le

Abstract :

PCP4/PEP19 is a modulator of Ca2 +-CaM signaling. In the brain, it is expressed in a very specific pattern in postmitotic neurons. In particular, Pcp4 is highly expressed in the Purkinje cell, the sole output neuron of the cerebellum. PCP4, located on human chromosome 21, is present in three copies in individuals with Down syndrome (DS). In a previous study using a transgenic mouse model (TgPCP4) to evaluate the consequences of 3 copies of this gene, we found that PCP4 overexpression induces precocious neuronal differentiation during mouse embryogenesis. Here, we report combined analyses of the cerebellum at postnatal stages (P14 and adult) in which we identified age-related molecular, electrophysiological, and behavioral alterations in the TgPCP4 mouse. While Pcp4 overexpression at P14 induces an earlier neuronal maturation, at adult stage it induces increase in cerebellar CaMK2alpha and in cerebellar LTD, as well as learning impairments. We therefore propose that PCP4 contributes significantly to the development of Down syndrome phenotypes through molecular and functional changes.