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Cho, IH, Kim, DH, Lee, MJ, Bae, J, Lee, KH and Song, WK (2013) SPIN90 Phosphorylation Modulates Spine Structure and Synaptic Function. PLoS ONE 8:e54276


The correct rearrangement of postsynaptic components in dendritic spines is important for driving changes of spine structure and synaptic function. SPIN90 plays an essential role in many cellular processes including actin polymerization, endocytosis, growth cone formation and dendritic spine morphogenesis. Here, we demonstrate that SPIN90, which is a binding partner of PSD95 and Shank in spines, is targeted to synapses and leads to enhanced synaptic activity in neurons. We show, using in vitro and in vivo kinase assays, that SPIN90 is tyrosine phosphorylated by Src kinase. SPIN90 that was tyrosine-phosphorylated by Src was targeted to dendritic spines in cultured hippocampal neurons. Moreover, a SPIN90 phospho-deficient mutant was unable to accumulate at dendritic spines whereas SPIN90 WT and a phospho-mimicking mutant were localized at spines and bound PSD95 and Shank with increased efficiency. Consistent with these findings, hippocampal neurons that overexpressed SPIN90 WT or a phospho-mimicking mutant had enlarged spine heads, leading to enhanced postsynaptic function in terms of both amplitude and frequency. Together, our findings show that SPIN90 modulates synaptic activity in neurons as a result of its phosphorylation.


PubMed PMC3544810 Online version:10.1371/journal.pone.0054276




Gene product Qualifier GO Term Evidence Code with/from Aspect Extension Notes Status


GO:0043197: dendritic spine



Figure 1 - Phosphorylated SPIN90 is localized to spines in neurons.


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