Modulation of glycine receptor single-channel conductance by intracellular phosphorylation
Glycine receptors (GlyRs) are anion-permeable pentameric ligand-gated ion channels (pLGICs). The GlyR activation is critical for the control of key neurophysiological functions, such as motor coordination, respiratory control, muscle tone and pain processing. The relevance of the GlyR function is further highlighted by the presence of abnormal glycinergic inhibition in many pathophysiological states, such as hyperekplexia, epilepsy, autism and chronic pain. In this context, previous studies have shown that the functional inhibition of GlyRs containing the alpha 3 subunit is a pivotal mechanism of pain hypersensitivity. This pathway involves the activation of EP2 receptors and the subsequent PKA-dependent phosphorylation of alpha 3GlyRs within the intracellular domain (ICD), which decrease the GlyR-associated currents and enhance neuronal excitability. Despite the importance of this mechanism of glycinergic dis-inhibition associated with dysfunctional alpha 3GlyRs, our current understanding of the molecular events involved is limited. Here, we report that the activation of PKA signaling pathway decreases the unitary conductance of alpha 3GlyRs. We show in addition that the substitution of the PKA-targeted serine with a negatively charged residue within the ICD of alpha 3GlyRs and of chimeric receptors combining bacterial GLIC and alpha 3GlyR was sufficient to generate receptors with reduced conductance. Thus, our findings reveal a potential biophysical mechanism of glycinergic dis-inhibition and suggest that post-translational modifications of the ICD, such as phosphorylation, may shape the conductance of other pLGICs.
|Título según WOS:||Modulation of glycine receptor single-channel conductance by intracellular phosphorylation|
|Título según SCOPUS:||Modulation of glycine receptor single-channel conductance by intracellular phosphorylation|
|Título de la Revista:||SCIENTIFIC REPORTS|
|Fecha de publicación:||2020|