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Department of Neurobiology, Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute; Futai Lab

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Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience | Nervous System Diseases


The anterior thalamus (AT) is critical for memory formation, processing navigational information, and seizure initiation. However, the molecular mechanisms that regulate synaptic function of AT neurons remain largely unexplored. We report that AMPA receptor auxiliary subunit GSG1L controls short-term plasticity in AT synapses that receive inputs from the cortex, but not in those receiving inputs from other pathways. A canonical auxiliary subunit stargazin co-exists in these neurons but is functionally absent from corticothalamic synapses. In GSG1L knockout mice, AT neurons exhibit hyperexcitability and the animals have increased susceptibility to seizures, consistent with a negative regulatory role of GSG1L. We hypothesize that negative regulation of synaptic function by GSG1L plays a critical role in maintaining optimal excitation in the AT.


anterior thalamic neurons, GSG1L, seizures

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Kamalova A, Futai K, Delpire E, Nakagawa T. AMPA Receptor Auxiliary Subunit GSG1L Suppresses Short-Term Facilitation in Corticothalamic Synapses and Determines Seizure Susceptibility. Cell Rep. 2020 Jul 21;32(3):107921. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2020.107921. PMID: 32697982. Link to article on publisher's site

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