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Neuron. 2001 Jun;30(3):677-87.

Specific disruption of a schwann cell dystrophin-related protein complex in a demyelinating neuropathy.

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Department of Preclinical Veterinary Sciences, University of Edinburgh, EH9 1QH, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.


Dystroglycan-dystrophin complexes are believed to have structural and signaling functions by linking extracellular matrix proteins to the cytoskeleton and cortical signaling molecules. Here we characterize a dystroglycan-dystrophin-related protein 2 (DRP2) complex at the surface of myelin-forming Schwann cells. The complex is clustered by the interaction of DRP2 with L-periaxin, a homodimeric PDZ domain-containing protein. In the absence of L-periaxin, DRP2 is mislocalized and depleted, although other dystrophin family proteins are unaffected. Disruption of the DRP2-dystroglycan complex is followed by hypermyelination and destabilization of the Schwann cell-axon unit in Prx(-/-) mice. Hence, the DRP2-dystroglycan complex likely has a distinct function in the terminal stages of PNS myelinogenesis, possibly in the regulation of myelin thickness.

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