Myostatin-like proteins regulate synaptic function and neuronal morphology

Augustin, Hrvoje ORCID: 0000-0002-2041-3844, McGourty, Kieran, Steinert, Joern R, Cochemé, Helena M, Adcott, Jennifer ORCID: 0000-0001-9146-3171, Cabecinha, Melissa, Vincent, Alec, Halff, Els F, Kittler, Josef T, Boucrot, Emmanuel
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<jats:p>Growth factors of the TGF-β superfamily play key roles in regulating neuronal and muscle function. Myostatin (or GDF8) and GDF11 are potent negative regulators of skeletal muscle mass. However, expression of both Myostatin and its cognate receptors in other tissues, including brain and peripheral nerves, suggests a potential wider biological role. Here, we show that Myoglianin (MYO), the Drosophila homolog of Myostatin and GDF11, regulates not only body weight and muscle size, but also inhibits neuromuscular synapse strength and composition in a Smad2-dependent manner. Both Myostatin and GDF11 affected synapse formation in isolated rat cortical neuron cultures, suggesting an effect on synaptogenesis beyond neuromuscular junctions. We also show that Myoglianin acts in vivo to inhibit synaptic transmission between neurons in the escape response neural circuit of adult flies. Thus, these anti-myogenic proteins act as important inhibitors of synapse function and neuronal growth.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 31 May 2019 09:17
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 23:11
DOI: 10.1242/dev.152975
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