Dysbindin-1 regulates D2-receptor trafficking and is implicated in schizophrenia and related cognitive abnormalities, but whether this molecular effect mediates the clinical manifestations of the disorder is unknown. We explored in dysbindin-1-deficient mice (dys-/-) (1) schizophrenia-related behaviors, (2) molecular and electrophysiological changes in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and (3) the dependence of these on D2-receptor stimulation. Dysbindin-1 disruption altered dopamine-related behaviors and impaired working memory under challenging/stressful conditions. Dys-/- pyramidal neurons in mPFC layers II/III were hyperexcitable at baseline but hypoexcitable following D2 stimulation. Dys-/- were also respectively more and less sensitive to D2 agonist- and antagonist-induced behavioral effects. Dys-/- had reduced expression of Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) and CaMKKβ in mPFC. Chronic D2 agonist treatment reproduced these changes in protein expression, and some of the dys-/- behavioral effects. These results elucidate dysbindin's modulation of D2-related behavior, cortical activity and mPFC CaMK components, implicating cellular and molecular mechanisms of the association of dysbindin with psychosis.

Dysbindin-1 modulates prefrontal cortical activity and schizophrenia-like behaviors via dopamine/D2 pathways

PAPALEO, FRANCESCO;
2010

Abstract

Dysbindin-1 regulates D2-receptor trafficking and is implicated in schizophrenia and related cognitive abnormalities, but whether this molecular effect mediates the clinical manifestations of the disorder is unknown. We explored in dysbindin-1-deficient mice (dys-/-) (1) schizophrenia-related behaviors, (2) molecular and electrophysiological changes in medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) and (3) the dependence of these on D2-receptor stimulation. Dysbindin-1 disruption altered dopamine-related behaviors and impaired working memory under challenging/stressful conditions. Dys-/- pyramidal neurons in mPFC layers II/III were hyperexcitable at baseline but hypoexcitable following D2 stimulation. Dys-/- were also respectively more and less sensitive to D2 agonist- and antagonist-induced behavioral effects. Dys-/- had reduced expression of Ca(2+)/calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) and CaMKKβ in mPFC. Chronic D2 agonist treatment reproduced these changes in protein expression, and some of the dys-/- behavioral effects. These results elucidate dysbindin's modulation of D2-related behavior, cortical activity and mPFC CaMK components, implicating cellular and molecular mechanisms of the association of dysbindin with psychosis.
2010
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