A human mutation in Gabrg2 associated with generalized epilepsy alters the membrane dynamics of GABAA receptors.

Neuronal activity modulates the membrane diffusion of postsynaptic γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)(A) receptors (GABA(A)Rs), thereby regulating the efficacy of GABAergic synapses. The K289M mutation in GABA(A)Rs subunit γ2 has been associated with the generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+) syndrome. This mutation accelerates receptor deactivation and therefore reduces inhibitory synaptic transmission. Yet, it is not clear why this mutation specifically promotes febrile seizures. We show that upon raising temperature both the number of GABA(A)Rs clusters and the frequency of miniature inhibitory postsynaptic currents decreased in neurons expressing the K289M mutant but not wild-type (WT) recombinant γ2. Single-particle tracking experiments revealed that raising temperature increases the membrane diffusion of synaptic GABA(A)Rs containing the K289M mutant but not WT recombinant γ2. This effect was mediated by enhanced neuronal activity as it was blocked by glutamate receptor antagonists and was mimicked by the convulsant 4-aminopyridine. Our data suggest the K289M mutation in γ2 confers GABA(A)Rs with enhanced sensitivity of their membrane diffusion to neuronal activity. Enhanced activity during hyperthermia may then trigger the escape of receptors from synapses and thereby further reduce the efficacy of GABAergic inhibition. Alteration of the membrane diffusion of neurotransmitter receptors therefore represents a new mechanism in human epilepsy.
AuthorsWalid Bouthour, Félix Leroy, Charline Emmanuelli, Michèle Carnaud, Maxime Dahan, Jean Christophe Poncer, Sabine Lévi
JournalCerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) (Cereb Cortex) Vol. 22 Issue 7 Pg. 1542-53 (Jul 2012) ISSN: 1460-2199 [Electronic] United States
PMID21908847 (Publication Type: Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
Chemical References
  • GABRG2 protein, human
  • Receptors, GABA-A
  • Animals
  • Cell Membrane (metabolism)
  • Cells, Cultured
  • Epilepsy, Generalized (physiopathology)
  • Hippocampus (physiopathology)
  • Humans
  • Mutation
  • Neurons (metabolism)
  • Rats
  • Rats, Sprague-Dawley
  • Receptors, GABA-A (genetics, metabolism)
  • Synaptic Transmission

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