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Synaptic accumulation of FUS triggers age-dependent misregulation of inhibitory synapses in ALS-FUS mice


Sahadevan, Sonu; Hembach, Katharina M; Tantardini, Elena; Pérez-Berlanga, Manuela; Hruska-Plochan, Marian; Weber, Julien; Schwarz, Petra; Dupuis, Luc; Robinson, Mark D; De Rossi, Pierre; Polymenidou, Magdalini (2020). Synaptic accumulation of FUS triggers age-dependent misregulation of inhibitory synapses in ALS-FUS mice. arXiv.org 136010, University of Zurich.

Abstract

FUS is a primarily nuclear RNA-binding protein with important roles in RNA processing and transport. FUS mutations disrupting its nuclear localization characterize a subset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS-FUS) patients, through an unidentified pathological mechanism. FUS regulates nuclear RNAs, but its role at the synapse is poorly understood. Here, we used super-resolution imaging to determine the physiological localization of extranuclear, neuronal FUS and found it predominantly near the vesicle reserve pool of presynaptic sites. Using CLIP-seq on synaptoneurosome preparations, we identified synaptic RNA targets of FUS that are associated with synapse organization and plasticity. Synaptic FUS was significantly increased in a knock-in mouse model of ALS-FUS, at presymptomatic stages, accompanied by alterations in density and size of GABAergic synapses. RNA-seq of synaptoneurosomes highlighted age-dependent dysregulation of glutamatergic and GABAergic synapses. Our study indicates that FUS accumulation at the synapse in early stages of ALS-FUS results in synaptic impairment, potentially representing an initial trigger of neurodegeneration.

Abstract

FUS is a primarily nuclear RNA-binding protein with important roles in RNA processing and transport. FUS mutations disrupting its nuclear localization characterize a subset of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS-FUS) patients, through an unidentified pathological mechanism. FUS regulates nuclear RNAs, but its role at the synapse is poorly understood. Here, we used super-resolution imaging to determine the physiological localization of extranuclear, neuronal FUS and found it predominantly near the vesicle reserve pool of presynaptic sites. Using CLIP-seq on synaptoneurosome preparations, we identified synaptic RNA targets of FUS that are associated with synapse organization and plasticity. Synaptic FUS was significantly increased in a knock-in mouse model of ALS-FUS, at presymptomatic stages, accompanied by alterations in density and size of GABAergic synapses. RNA-seq of synaptoneurosomes highlighted age-dependent dysregulation of glutamatergic and GABAergic synapses. Our study indicates that FUS accumulation at the synapse in early stages of ALS-FUS results in synaptic impairment, potentially representing an initial trigger of neurodegeneration.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Quantitative Biomedicine
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:10 June 2020
Deposited On:25 Jan 2021 16:17
Last Modified:25 Jan 2021 16:19
Series Name:arXiv.org
ISSN:2331-8422
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.06.10.136010

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