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Mol Biol Cell. 2007 Oct;18(10):3883-93. Epub 2007 Aug 1.

CDK-5 regulates the abundance of GLR-1 glutamate receptors in the ventral cord of Caenorhabditis elegans.

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Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02114, USA.


The proline-directed kinase Cdk5 plays a role in several aspects of neuronal development. Here, we show that CDK-5 activity regulates the abundance of the glutamate receptor GLR-1 in the ventral cord of Caenorhabditis elegans and that it produces corresponding changes in GLR-1-dependent behaviors. Loss of CDK-5 activity results in decreased abundance of GLR-1 in the ventral cord, accompanied by accumulation of GLR-1 in neuronal cell bodies. Genetic analysis of cdk-5 and the clathrin adaptin unc-11 AP180 suggests that CDK-5 functions prior to endocytosis at the synapse. The scaffolding protein LIN-10/Mint-1 also regulates GLR-1 abundance in the nerve cord. CDK-5 phosphorylates LIN-10/Mint-1 in vitro and bidirectionally regulates the abundance of LIN-10/Mint-1 in the ventral cord. We propose that CDK-5 promotes the anterograde trafficking of GLR-1 and that phosphorylation of LIN-10 may play a role in this process.

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