Program in Molecular Medicine; Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute; Department of Psychiatry
Biochemistry | Cell Biology | Cellular and Molecular Physiology | Developmental Biology | Molecular Biology
JIP scaffold proteins are implicated in the regulation of protein kinase signal transduction pathways. To test the physiological role of these scaffold proteins, we examined the phenotype of compound mutant mice that lack expression of JIP proteins. These mice were found to exhibit severe defects in N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptor function, including decreased NMDA-evoked current amplitude, cytoplasmic Ca(++), and gene expression. The decreased NMDA receptor activity in JIP-deficient neurons is associated with reduced tyrosine phosphorylation of NR2 subunits of the NMDA receptor. JIP complexes interact with the SH2 domain of cFyn and may therefore promote tyrosine phosphorylation and activity of the NMDA receptor. We conclude that JIP scaffold proteins are critically required for normal NMDA receptor function.
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Freely available online through the Genes and Development Open Access option. Citation: Genes Dev. 2007 Sep 15;21(18):2336-46. Link to article on publisher's site
JIP, JNK, scaffold protein, signal transduction
Kennedy, Norman J.; Martin, Gilles; Ehrhardt, Anka G.; Cavanagh-Kyros, Julie; Kuan, Chia-Yi; Rakic, Pasko; Flavell, Richard A.; Treistman, Steven N.; and Davis, Roger J., "Requirement of JIP scaffold proteins for NMDA-mediated signal transduction" (2007). Davis Lab Publications. 58.