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The Planar Polarity Protein Scribble1 Is Essential for Neuronal Plasticity and Brain Function

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Scribble (Scrib) is a key regulator of apicobasal polarity, presynaptic architecture, and short-term synaptic plasticity in Drosophila. In mammals, its homolog Scrib1 has been implicated in cancer, neural tube closure, and planar cell polarity (PCP), but its specific role in the developing and adult nervous system is unclear. Here, we used the circletail mutant, a mouse model for PCP defects, to show that Scrib1 is located in spines where it influences actin cytoskeleton and spine morphing. In the hippocampus of these mutants, we observed an increased synapse pruning associated with an increased number of enlarged spines and postsynaptic density, and a decreased number of perforated synapses. This phenotype was associated with a mislocalization of the signaling pathway downstream of Scrib1, leading to an overall activation of Rac1 and defects in actin dynamic reorganization. Finally, Scrib1-deficient mice exhibit enhanced learning and memory abilities and impaired social behavior, two features relevant to autistic spectrum disorders. Our data identify Scrib1 as a crucial regulator of brain development and spine morphology, and suggest that Scrib1(crc/+) mice might be a model for studying synaptic dysfunction and human psychiatric disorders.

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Author(s): Moreau MM, Piguel N, Papouin T, Koehl M, Durand CM, Rubio ME, Loll F, Richard EM, Mazzocco C, Racca C, Oliet SHR, Abrous DN, Montcouquiol M, Sans N

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Neuroscience

Year: 2010

Volume: 30

Issue: 29

Pages: 9738-9752

Print publication date: 01/07/2010

ISSN (print): 0270-6474

ISSN (electronic): 1529-2401

Publisher: Society for Neuroscience


DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.6007-09.2010


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Funder referenceFunder name
Conseil Regional d'Aquitaine
FRM fellowship
La Fondation pour la Recherche Medicale
20030304002FASequencing Facility of Bordeaux
20040305003FASequencing Facility of Bordeaux
2003227European Union, FEDER
ANR-07-NEUR-031-01ANR Projet
LSHM-CT-200519063European Commission Coordination Action ENINET