Cdk5 Modulates Long-Term Synaptic Plasticity and Motor Learning in Dorsolateral Striatum

Adan Hernandez, Chunfeng Tan, Gabriel Mettlach, Karine Pozo, Florian Plattner, James A. Bibb

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The striatum controls multiple cognitive aspects including motivation, reward perception, decision-making and motor planning. In particular, the dorsolateral striatum contributes to motor learning. Here we define an approach for investigating synaptic plasticity in mouse dorsolateral cortico-striatal circuitry and interrogate the relative contributions of neurotransmitter receptors and intracellular signaling components. Consistent with previous studies, we show that long-term potentiation (LTP) in cortico-striatal circuitry is facilitated by dopamine, and requires activation of D1-dopamine receptors, as well as NMDA receptors (NMDAR) and their calcium-dependent downstream effectors, including CaMKII. Moreover, we assessed the contribution of the protein kinase Cdk5, a key neuronal signaling molecule, in cortico-striatal LTP. Pharmacological Cdk5 inhibition, brain-wide Cdk5 conditional knockout, or viral-mediated dorsolateral striatal-specific loss of Cdk5 all impaired dopamine-facilitated LTP or D1-dopamine receptor-facilitated LTP. Selective loss of Cdk5 in dorsolateral striatum increased locomotor activity and attenuated motor learning. Taken together, we report an approach for studying synaptic plasticity in mouse dorsolateral striatum and critically implicate D1-dopamine receptor, NMDAR, Cdk5, and CaMKII in cortico-striatal plasticity. Furthermore, we associate striatal plasticity deficits with effects upon behaviors mediated by this circuitry. This approach should prove useful for the study of the molecular basis of plasticity in the dorsolateral striatum.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number29812
JournalScientific Reports
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 22 2016

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Corpus Striatum
Neuronal Plasticity
Long-Term Potentiation
Learning
Dopamine D1 Receptors
Calcium-Calmodulin-Dependent Protein Kinase Type 2
N-Methyl-D-Aspartate Receptors
Dopamine
Cyclin-Dependent Kinase 5
Neurotransmitter Receptor
Locomotion
Reward
Motivation
Decision Making
Pharmacology
Calcium
Brain

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Cdk5 Modulates Long-Term Synaptic Plasticity and Motor Learning in Dorsolateral Striatum. / Hernandez, Adan; Tan, Chunfeng; Mettlach, Gabriel; Pozo, Karine; Plattner, Florian; Bibb, James A.

In: Scientific Reports, Vol. 6, 29812, 22.07.2016.

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