ASTN2 modulates synaptic strength by trafficking and degradation of surface proteins.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Surface protein dynamics dictate synaptic connectivity and function in neuronal circuits. ASTN2, a gene disrupted by copy number variations (CNVs) in neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum, was previously shown to regulate the surface expression of ASTN1 in glial-guided neuronal migration. Here, we demonstrate that ASTN2 binds to and regulates the surface expression of multiple synaptic proteins in postmigratory neurons by endocytosis, resulting in modulation of synaptic activity. In cerebellar Purkinje cells (PCs), by immunogold electron microscopy, ASTN2 localizes primarily to endocytic and autophagocytic vesicles in the cell soma and in subsets of dendritic spines. Overexpression of ASTN2 in PCs, but not of ASTN2 lacking the FNIII domain, recurrently disrupted by CNVs in patients, including in a family presented here, increases inhibitory and excitatory postsynaptic activity and reduces levels of ASTN2 binding partners. Our data suggest a fundamental role for ASTN2 in dynamic regulation of surface proteins by endocytic trafficking and protein degradation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Behesti, H; Fore, TR; Wu, P; Horn, Z; Leppert, M; Hull, C; Hatten, ME

Published Date

  • October 9, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 115 / 41

Start / End Page

  • E9717 - E9726

PubMed ID

  • 30242134

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC6187130

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1091-6490

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1073/pnas.1809382115


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States