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Increased dentate gyrus excitability in neuroligin-2-deficient mice in vivo

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Jedlicka,  P.
Neurochemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Max Planck Society;

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Papadopoulos,  T.
Neurochemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Max Planck Society;

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Betz,  H.
Neurochemistry Department, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Max Planck Society;

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Jedlicka, P., Hoon, M., Papadopoulos, T., Vlachos, A., Winkels, R., Poulopoulos, A., et al. (2011). Increased dentate gyrus excitability in neuroligin-2-deficient mice in vivo. Cerebral Cortex, 21(2), 357-367.


Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002E-1D0F-D
Abstract
The postsynaptic adhesion protein neuroligin-2 (NL2) is selectively localized at inhibitory synapses. Here, we studied network activity in the dentate gyrus of NL2-deficient mice following perforant path (PP) stimulation in vivo. We found a strong increase in granule cell (GC) excitability. Furthermore, paired-pulse inhibition (PPI) of the population spike, a measure for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)ergic network inhibition, was severely impaired and associated with reduced GABA(A) receptor (GABA(A)R)-mediated miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents recorded from NL2-deficient GCs. In agreement with these functional data, the number of gephyrin and GABA(A)R clusters was significantly reduced in the absence of NL2, indicating a loss of synaptic GABA(A)Rs from the somata of GCs. Computer simulations of the dentate network showed that impairment of perisomatic inhibition is able to explain the electrophysiological changes observed in the dentate circuitry of NL2 knockout animals. Collectively, our data demonstrate for the first time that deletion of NL2 increases excitability of cortical neurons in the hippocampus of intact animals, most likely through impaired GABA(A)R clustering.