Merrill MA, Chen Y, Strack S, Hell JWActivity-driven postsynaptic translocation of CaMKII. Trends Pharmacol Sci 26:645-653

Department of Pharmacology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-1109, USA.
Trends in Pharmacological Sciences (Impact Factor: 11.54). 01/2006; 26(12):645-53. DOI: 10.1016/
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Ca2+ influx through the NMDA receptor and subsequent activation of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) are crucial for learning and one of its physiological correlates, long-term potentiation (LTP). Ca2+/calmodulin promotes CaMKII binding to several postsynaptic proteins, including the NMDA receptor. These interactions strategically place CaMKII at locations where Ca2+ influx through the NMDA receptor is highest for further activation of CaMKII and for phosphorylation of nearby AMPA receptors and of other proteins that are important for LTP. Ca2+-dependent postsynaptic CaMKII clustering is of specific interest because LTP is synapse specific: only synapses that experience LTP-inducing high-frequency activity exhibit LTP. Ca2+-driven protein binding ensures that CaMKII accumulates only at those synapses undergoing LTP. This selectivity is economical and could contribute to the synapse specificity of LTP because downstream effects of CaMKII will occur mainly at synapses that accumulate CaMKII. In this article, we provide an overview of recent progress in postsynaptic CaMKII anchoring and discuss its implication in synaptic plasticity and the etiology and potential treatments of neurological diseases.

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    • "Presynaptic effects of CaMKIIa on D3 receptors Liu et al. (2009) concluded that CaMKIIa regulates postsynaptic D3R in the NAc because they found the receptors at a very high density in the purified postsynaptic density. Evidence showing that CaMKIIa interacts with postsynaptic target proteins is abundant (Gardoni et al., 1998; Leonard et al., 1999; Strack et al., 1997; Merrill et al., 2005; Colbran and Brown, 2004; Bayer et al., 2006). Our experiments demonstrate that D3/CaMKIIa interactions modulate presynaptic function because they inhibit Ca 2þ -dependent depolarization-induced [ 3 H]GABA release. "
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    • "Further characterization of proteins, which interact with the GluN1 subunit revealed several protein kinases; namely, calcium-calmodulin-dependent kinase II (subunits alpha, beta and delta) and serine/threonine protein kinase PAK1. Calcium-calmodulin-dependent kinase II (subunits alpha, beta and delta), is known to translocate to NMDA receptors in an activity-dependent manner (Bayer et al. 2001, 2006; Merrill et al. 2005) and the significance of this finding is probably initiating receptor trafficking, assembly and activation. "
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    • "Given that a typical PSD has 80 CaMKII dodecamers/0.1 mm 2 (Chen et al., 2005), which translates into up to 240 dodecamers in larger PSDs (Feng et al., 2011), but has only at most 10–20 GluN2B-containing NMDARs (Feng et al., 2011), it appears likely that CaMKII is anchored not only via GluN2B but also other binding sites. Additional sites that require CaMKII activation via Ca 2+ /CaM or T286 autophosphorylation for binding are present on GluN1 (aa 845–861) and another site within the membrane proximal half of the C terminus of GluN2B (aa 839–1,120) (Leonard et al., 2002; Merrill et al., 2005). Densin is also part of the PSD (Walikonis et al., 2000) and a-actinin can associate with the PSD via binding to densin and NMDAR subunits (Walikonis et al., 2001; Wyszynski et al., 1997), constituting additional CaMKII attachment sites. "
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