The long noncoding RNA Synage regulates synapse stability and neuronal function in the cerebellum
Cell Death and Differentiation 28(9):2634-2650 SEP 2021 

Wang, Fei; Wang, Qianqian; Liu, Baowei; Mei, Lisheng; Ma, Sisi; Wang, Shujuan; Wang, Ruoyu; Zhang, Yan; Niu, Chaoshi; Xiong, Zhiqi; Zheng, Yong; Zhang, Zhi; Shi, Juan; Song, Xiaoyuan


The brain is known to express many long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs); however, whether and how these lncRNAs function in modulating synaptic stability remains unclear. Here, we report a cerebellum highly expressed lncRNA, Synage, regulating synaptic stability via at least two mechanisms. One is through the function of Synage as a sponge for the microRNA miR-325-3p, to regulate expression of the known cerebellar synapse organizer Cbln1. The other function is to serve as a scaffold for organizing the assembly of the LRP1-HSP90AA1-PSD-95 complex in PF-PC synapses. Although somewhat divergent in its mature mRNA sequence, the locus encoding Synage is positioned adjacent to the Cbln1 loci in mouse, rhesus macaque, and human, and Synage is highly expressed in the cerebella of all three species. Synage deletion causes a full-spectrum cerebellar ablation phenotype that proceeds from cerebellar atrophy, through neuron loss, on to synapse density reduction, synaptic vesicle loss, and finally to a reduction in synaptic activity during cerebellar development; these deficits are accompanied by motor dysfunction in adult mice, which can be rescued by AAV-mediated Synage overexpression from birth. Thus, our study demonstrates roles for the lncRNA Synage in regulating synaptic stability and function during cerebellar development. 

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