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Eur J Neurosci. 1999 Jul;11(7):2359-66.

Reduced hippocampal LTP in mice lacking a presynaptic protein: complexin II.

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  • 1Department of Physiology, Nankoku, Kochi 783-8505, Japan. takahass@kochi-ms.ac.jp

Abstract

The SNAP receptor (SNARE) complex is a core complex specialized for synaptic vesicle exocytosis, and the binding of SNAPs to the complex is an essential step for neurotransmitter release. Complexin I and II have been identified as SNARE-complex-associated proteins. Importantly, complexins compete with alpha-SNAP for binding to the complex, suggesting that complexins may modulate neurotransmitter release process. To examine this possibility and to understand the physiological function of complexins, we generated complexin II knockout mice. The complexin-II-deficient mice (-/-) were viable and fertile, and appeared normal. Electrophysiological recordings in the mutant hippocampus showed that ordinary synaptic transmission and paired-pulse facilitation, a form of short-term synaptic plasticity, were normal. However, long-term potentiation (LTP) in both CA1 and CA3 regions was impaired, suggesting that complexin II may not be essential for synaptic vesicle exocytosis, but it does have a role in the establishment of hippocampal LTP.

PMID:
10383625
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