Increased O-GlcNAcylation rapidly decreases GABAAR currents in hippocampus but depresses neuronal output

Academic Article


  • O-GlcNAcylation, a post-translational modification involving O-linkage of β-N-acetylglucosamine to Ser/Thr residues on target proteins, is increasingly recognized as a critical regulator of synaptic function. Enzymes that catalyze O-GlcNAcylation are found at both presynaptic and postsynaptic sites, and O-GlcNAcylated proteins localize to synaptosomes. An acute increase in O-GlcNAcylation can affect neuronal communication by inducing long-term depression (LTD) of excitatory transmission at hippocampal CA3-CA1 synapses, as well as suppressing hyperexcitable circuits in vitro and in vivo. Despite these findings, to date, no studies have directly examined how O-GlcNAcylation modulates the efficacy of inhibitory neurotransmission. Here we show an acute increase in O-GlcNAc dampens GABAergic currents onto principal cells in rodent hippocampus likely through a postsynaptic mechanism, and has a variable effect on the excitation/inhibition balance. The overall effect of increased O-GlcNAc is reduced synaptically-driven spike probability via synaptic depression and decreased intrinsic excitability. Our results position O-GlcNAcylation as a novel regulator of the overall excitation/inhibition balance and neuronal output.
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  • Scientific Reports  Journal
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    Pubmed Id

  • 5150064
  • Author List

  • Stewart LT; Abiraman K; Chatham JC; McMahon LL
  • Volume

  • 10
  • Issue

  • 1