cAMP Response Element-Binding Protein-Mediated Gene Expression Increases the Intrinsic Excitability of CA1 Pyramidal Neurons

Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (Universidad Miguel Hernández-Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas), Campus de Sant Joan, Sant Joan d'Alacant, 03550 Alicante, Spain.
The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience (Impact Factor: 6.34). 01/2008; 27(50):13909-18. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3850-07.2007
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To investigate the role of CREB-mediated gene expression on the excitability of CA1 pyramidal neurons, we obtained intracellular recordings from pyramidal neurons of transgenic mice expressing a constitutively active form of CREB, VP16-CREB, in a regulated and restricted manner. We found that transgene expression increased the neuronal excitability and inhibited the slow and medium afterhyperpolarization currents. These changes may contribute to the reduced threshold for LTP observed in these mice. When strong transgene expression was turned on for prolonged period of time, these mice also showed a significant loss of hippocampal neurons and sporadic epileptic seizures. These deleterious effects were dose dependent and could be halted, but not reversed by turning off transgene expression. Our experiments reveal a new role for hippocampal CREB-mediated gene expression, identify the slow afterhyperpolarization as a primary target of CREB action, provide a new mouse model to investigate temporal lobe epilepsy and associated neurodegeneration, and illustrate the risks of cell death associated to a sustained manipulation of this pathway. As a result, our study has important implications for both the understanding of the cellular bases of learning and memory and the consideration of therapies targeted to the CREB pathway.

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    • "Expression of active CREB in these neurons increased excitability, whereas downregulation of CREB by expressing dominant-negative CREB decreased excitability. The electrophysiological recordings from transgenic mice expressing a constitutively active form of CREB, VP16-CREB, showed that enhancing CREB activity increased the intrinsic excitability of hippocampal CA1 and basal amygdala pyramidal neurons (Lopez de Armentia et al., 2007; Viosca et al., 2009). Consistent with the observed CREB-induced increase in excitability, CREB function has also been reported to stimulate the expression of the voltagedependent Na + channel 1β subunit and inhibit the expression of the voltage-dependent K + channel K V 1.4 subunit (McClung and Nestler, 2003). "
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    • "The authors note that translating these findings will require a greater understanding of CREBmediated changes in neuronal morphology, as well as any deleterious effects from chronic upregulation of CREB expression. In fact, previous studies have shown that sustained overexpression of CREB in the CA1 region in mice leads to a significant loss of hippocampal neurons and sporadic epileptic seizures (Lopez de Armentia et al, 2007). Throughout the exploration of novel therapeutic strategies , it is important to acknowledge the limitations of familial, early-onset mouse models of AD. "
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    • "On the other hand, cAMP appears to be a proconvulsant second messenger that exerts its effects particularly by activating cAMP-dependent protein kinase pathways. Cyclic AMP-induced protein kinase activation results in the phosphorylation of the cAMP response element binding protein (CREB), γ-aminobutyric acid A (GABA A ), and N-methyl-D-aspartic acid (NMDA) receptors (Jancic et al., 2009; Lan et al., 2001; Poisbeau et al., 1999; Westphal et al., 1999), which play important roles for seizuremediated processes (Bracey et al., 2009; Esteban et al., 2003; Lopez et al., 2007; Poisbeau et al., 1999). PDE enzymes consist of several subtypes that are distributed in different tissues. "
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