Brice Gaudilliere

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  • PIASx is a MEF2 SUMO E3 ligase that promotes postsynaptic dendritic morphogenesis JOURNAL OF NEUROSCIENCE Shalizi, A., Bilimoria, P. M., Stegmueller, J., Gaudilliere, B., Yang, Y., Shuai, K., Bonni, A. 2007; 27 (37): 10037-10046


    Postsynaptic morphogenesis of dendrites is essential for the establishment of neural connectivity in the brain, but the mechanisms that govern postsynaptic dendritic differentiation remain poorly understood. Sumoylation of the transcription factor myocyte enhancer factor 2A (MEF2A) promotes the differentiation of postsynaptic granule neuron dendritic claws in the cerebellar cortex. Here, we identify the protein PIASx as a MEF2 SUMO E3 ligase that represses MEF2-dependent transcription in neurons. Gain-of-function and genetic knockdown experiments in rat cerebellar slices and in the postnatal cerebellum in vivo reveal that PIASx drives the differentiation of granule neuron dendritic claws in the cerebellar cortex. MEF2A knockdown suppresses PIASx-induced dendritic claw differentiation, and expression of sumoylated MEF2A reverses PIASx knockdown-induced loss of dendritic claws. These findings define the PIASx-MEF2 sumoylation signaling link as a key mechanism that orchestrates postsynaptic dendritic claw morphogenesis in the cerebellar cortex and suggest novel functions for SUMO E3 ligases in brain development and plasticity.

    View details for DOI 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0361-07.2007

    View details for Web of Science ID 000249415000024

    View details for PubMedID 17855618

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