The c-Jun N-Terminal Kinase Activator Dual Leucine Zipper Kinase Regulates Axon Growth and Neuronal Migration in the Developing Cerebral Cortex
Mammalian corticogenesis substantially depends on migration and axon projection of newborn neurons that are coordinated by a yet unidentified molecular mechanism. Dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) induces activation of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), a molecule that regulates morphogenesis in various organisms. We show here, using gene targeting in mice, that DLK is indispensable for establishing axon tracts, especially those originating from neocortical pyramidal neurons of the cerebrum. Direct and quantitative analysis of radial migration of pyramidal neurons using slice culture and a time-lapse imaging system revealed that acceleration around the subplate was affected by DLK gene disruption and by administration of a JNK inhibitor. Phosphorylation of JNK substrates, including c-Jun and doublecortin, and of JNK itself at the activation loop were partially affected in brains of DLK-deficient mouse embryos. These data suggest that DLK plays a significant role in the coordinated regulation of radial migration and axon projection by modulating JNK activity.
Available from: Jessica L Larson
- "Consistent with these findings, observation of DLK lox ;Cre pos animals for 3 mo after Tamoxifen treatment revealed no changes in body weight or decreased viability as a result of the reduced DLK expression. Together, these data suggest that deletion of DLK in the adult brain does not result in similar phenotypes to those observed in germline DLK-null animals (Hirai et al., 2006). "
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ABSTRACT: Excessive glutamate signaling is thought to underlie neurodegeneration in multiple contexts, yet the pro-degenerative signaling pathways downstream of glutamate receptor activation are not well defined. We show that dual leucine zipper kinase (DLK) is essential for excitotoxicity-induced degeneration of neurons in vivo. In mature neurons, DLK is present in the synapse and interacts with multiple known postsynaptic density proteins including the scaffolding protein PSD-95. To examine DLK function in the adult, DLK-inducible knockout mice were generated through Tamoxifen-induced activation of Cre-ERT in mice containing a floxed DLK allele, which circumvents the neonatal lethality associated with germline deletion. DLK-inducible knockouts displayed a modest increase in basal synaptic transmission but had an attenuation of the JNK/c-Jun stress response pathway activation and significantly reduced neuronal degeneration after kainic acid-induced seizures. Together, these data demonstrate that DLK is a critical upstream regulator of JNK-mediated neurodegeneration downstream of glutamate receptor hyper-activation and represents an attractive target for the treatment of indications where excitotoxicity is a primary driver of neuronal loss.
Available from: Rodrigo A Quintanilla
- "Previous studies show severe impairments on dendritic structure in the cerebellum and motor cortex of c-Jun N-terminal kinase 1 (JNK1)-deficient mice . JNKs may influence cytoskeletal reorganization via the phosphorylation of proteins regulating microtubule stability, including doublecortin (DCX), stathmin family protein (SCG10), and microtubule- associated proteins, MAP2 and MAP1B , . "
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ABSTRACT: The axon is a neuronal process involved in protein transport, synaptic plasticity, and neural regeneration. It has been suggested that their structure and function are profoundly impaired in neurodegenerative diseases. Previous evidence suggest that Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors-γ (PPARγ promote neuronal differentiation on various neuronal cell types. In addition, we demonstrated that activation of PPARγby thiazolidinediones (TZDs) drugs that selectively activate PPARγ prevent neurite loss and axonal damage induced by amyloid-β (Aβ). However, the potential role of TZDs in axonal elongation and neuronal polarity has not been explored. We report here that the activation of PPARγ by TZDs promoted axon elongation in primary hippocampal neurons. Treatments with different TZDs significantly increased axonal growth and branching area, but no significant effects were observed in neurite elongation compared to untreated neurons. Treatment with PPARγ antagonist (GW 9662) prevented TZDs-induced axonal growth. Recently, it has been suggested that the c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) plays an important role regulating axonal growth and neuronal polarity. Interestingly, in our studies, treatment with TZDs induced activation of the JNK pathway, and the pharmacological blockage of this pathway prevented axon elongation induced by TZDs. Altogether, these results indicate that activation of JNK induced by PPARγactivators stimulates axonal growth and accelerates neuronal polarity. These novel findings may contribute to the understanding of the effects of PPARγ on neuronal differentiation and validate the use of PPARγ activators as therapeutic agents in neurodegenerative diseases.
Available from: Jun Suenaga
- "The following antibodies were used: anti-JIP1 mAb (TDL), anti-JIP1 pAb (Zymed), anti-KHC mAb (Chemicon), anti-JIP3 pAb (Santa Cruz), anti-DLK pAb (described previously ), anti-JNK1 mAb (BD Biosciences Pharmingen), anti-JNK2 mAb (Santa Cruz), anti-GFP mAb (Santa Cruz), anti-GFP pAb (MBL), anti-RFP pAb (Clontech), anti-V5 mAb (Invitrogen), anti-SBP mAb for TAP-tagged proteins (Santa Cruz), anti-Omni mAb for T7-DLK (Santa Cruz), HRP-conjugated anti-rabbit IgG and anti-mouse IgG (GE Healthcare), HRP-conjugated anti-goat IgG (Zymed). "
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ABSTRACT: The regulatory mechanisms of motor protein-dependent intracellular transport are still not fully understood. The kinesin-1-binding protein, JIP1, can function as an adaptor protein that links kinesin-1 and other JIP1-binding "cargo" proteins. However, it is unknown whether these "cargo" proteins influence the JIP1-kinesin-1 binding.
We show here that JIP1-kinesin-1 binding in Neuro2a cells was dependent on conserved amino acid residues in the JIP1-phosphotyrosine binding (PTB) domain, including F687. In addition, mutation of F687 severely affected the neurite tip localization of JIP1. Proteomic analysis revealed another kinesin-1 binding protein, JIP3, as a major JIP1 binding protein. The association between JIP1 and JIP3 was dependent on the F687 residue in JIP1, and this association induced the formation of a stable ternary complex with kinesin-1. On the other hand, the binding of JIP1 and JIP3 was independent of kinesin-1 binding. We also show that other PTB binding proteins can interrupt the formation of the ternary complex.
The formation of the JIP1-kinesin-1 complex depends on the protein binding-status of the JIP1 PTB domain. This may imply a regulatory mechanism of kinesin-1-dependent intracellular transport.
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