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Yan J.-Z.,Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Brain Disease Bioinformation | Yan J.-Z.,Xuzhou Medical College | Liu Y.,Jiangsu Key Laboratory of Brain Disease Bioinformation | Liu Y.,Xuzhou Medical College | And 4 more authors.
Neuroscience Bulletin

Objective Postsynaptic density protein 95 (PSD-95) plays important roles in the regulation of glutamate signaling, such as that of N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs). In this study, the functional roles of PSD-95 in tyrosine phosphorylation of NMDAR subunit 2A (NR2A) and in apoptosis-like cell death induced by oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD) in cultured rat cortical neurons were investigated. Methods We used immunoprecipitation and immunoblotting to detect PSD-95 protein level, tyrosine phosphorylation level of NR2A, and the interaction between PSD-95 and NR2A or Src. Apoptosis-like cells were observed by 4,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole staining. Results Tyrosine phosphorylation of NR2A and apoptosis-like cell death were increased after recovery following 60-min OGD. The increases were attenuated by pretreatment with antisense oligonucleotides against PSD-95 before OGD, but not by missense oligonucleotides or vehicle. PSD-95 antisense oligonucleotides also inhibited the increased interaction between PSD-95 and NR2A or Src, while NR2A expression did not change under this condition. Conclusion PSD-95 may be involved in regulating NR2A tyrosine phosphorylation by Src kinase. Inhibition of PSD-95 expression can be neuroprotective against apoptosislike cell death after recovery from OGD. © 2012 Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences. Source

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