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Requirement of extracellular signal-regulated kinase/mitogen-activated protein kinase for long-term potentiation in adult mouse anterior cingulate cortex
© Toyoda et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007
- Received: 29 October 2007
- Accepted: 01 December 2007
- Published: 01 December 2007
Long-term potentiation (LTP) in the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is believed to be critical for higher brain functions including emotion, learning, memory and chronic pain. N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor-dependent LTP is well studied and is thought to be important for learning and memory in mammalian brains. As the downstream target of NMDA receptors, the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) cascade has been extensively studied for its involvement in synaptic plasticity, learning and memory in hippocampus. By contrast, the role of ERK in cingulate LTP has not been investigated. In this study, we examined whether LTP in ACC requires the activation of ERK. We found that P42/P44 MAPK inhibitors, PD98059 and U0126, suppressed the induction of cingulate LTP that was induced by presynaptic stimulation with postsynaptic depolarization (the pairing protocol). We also showed that cingulate LTP induced by two other different protocols was also blocked by PD98059. Moreover, we found that these two inhibitors had no effect on the maintenance of cingulate LTP. Inhibitors of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38, other members of MAPK family, SP600125 and SB203850, suppressed the induction of cingulate LTP generated by the pairing protocol. Thus, our study suggests that the MAPK signaling pathway is involved in the induction of cingulate LTP and plays a critical role in physiological conditions.
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- Anterior Cingulate Cortex
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The prefrontal cortex, including the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) is believed to play important roles in emotion, learning, memory and persistent pain in the adult brain [1–7]. Long-term potentiation (LTP), known to be involved in learning and memory, is a key synaptic mechanism for cortical synaptic plasticity . Recent studies demonstrate that LTP can be induced in the cingulate slices [3, 9, 10]. However, several recent studies showed that molecular signaling pathways involved in the synaptic potentiation in the ACC differ from those in the hippocampus. For example, both N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor subunit 2A and 2B (NR2A and NR2B) contribute to cingulate LTP , while NR2A is preferentially contributing to hippocampal LTP [11, 12]. For calcium-related signaling messengers, calcium-calmodulin (CaM) dependent adenylyl cyclase (AC) type 1 is critical for synaptic LTP in the ACC , while AC1 deletion alone did not affect hippocampal LTP . On the other hand, the downstream targets of calcium-stimulated cAMP-dependent signaling pathways underlying LTP in the ACC synapses have been far less investigated compared to hippocampal synapses.
As the downstream target of cAMP signaling pathways, mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) is well characterized in the hippocampus [14, 15]. The MAPK is a family of serine/threonine protein kinases that transduce extracellular signals from cell surface receptors to the cell nucleus [16, 17]. The MAPK cascade includes extracellular signal-regulated (ERK), p38, c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), and ERK5 . The activation of ERK is coupled to stimulation of cell surface receptors via several different upstream signaling pathways, and plays critical roles in the regulation of gene expression and cell proliferation . In neurons, the ERK signaling pathway is activated by synaptic activity such as membrane depolarization, calcium influx and neurotrophins [19–21]. Furthermore, the ERK signaling pathway might regulate synaptic targets to control important functions such as synaptic plasticity, learning and memory in the adult brain [15, 22, 23]. However, the role of ERK signaling pathway in the cingulate synaptic plasticity has not been investigated.
In the present study, we performed whole-cell patch-clamp recordings from cingulate neurons of adult mice and investigated the role of MAPK in the cingulate synaptic potentiation. Here, we show that LTP induced by three different induction protocols were completely blocked by the MAPK/ERK kinase (MEK) inhibitor applied postsynaptically. Furthermore, we found that the MEK inhibitors did not affect the maintenance of cingulate LTP. Inhibitors of c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 also suppressed the induction of cingulate LTP generated by the pairing protocol. These results suggest that the activation of MAPK including ERK, JNK and p38, is critical for the induction of LTP in the ACC.
Postsynaptic injection of MAPK inhibitors blocks the cingulate LTP
In our previous study, we have shown that the expression of LTP in the ACC depends on a postsynaptic mechanism . Therefore, we examined the effects of MAPK inhibitors on cingulate LTP by postsynaptic injection. We tested whether LTP induced by the pairing protocol is prevented by postsynaptic application of a MAPK inhibitor, PD98059  (Fig. 1C, D). Postsynaptic injection of PD98059 (5 μM), in the intracellular solution had no effect on cingulate LTP induced by the pairing protocol (5 μM; 152.3 ± 16.8%, n = 8, P < 0.05 compared with baseline response, Fig. 1D). However, PD98059 at higher concentrations (15 and 50 μM) completely blocked the induction of cingulate LTP (15 μM; 114.8 ± 17.4%, n = 6, P > 0.05 compared with baseline response, 50 μM: 107.3 ± 7.4%, n = 10, P > 0.05 compared with baseline response, Fig. 1B, D). It has been reported that an alteration in AMPA receptor channel kinetics could underlie the expression of LTP . Then, we analyzed the rise and decay times before and after the induction of LTP to examine whether LTP induced by the pairing protocol involves a change in the kinetics of the EPSCs. The rise and decay times of EPSCs showed no difference before and after the application of the pairing protocol (data not shown). Those of EPSCs were also not affected by the intracellular perfusion of PD98059 (50 μM) (data not shown).
We also used another MEK inhibitor U0126 (50 μM) in the intracellular solution . Postsynaptic application of U0126 completely blocked the induction of LTP generated by the pairing protocol (U0126; 104.4 ± 8.1%, n = 7, P > 0.05 compared with baseline response, Fig. 1E, F). Then we tested the effects of JNK or p38 inhibitor on the induction of cingulate LTP, because the MAPK signaling pathways include extracellular signal-regulated (ERK), c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK), p38 and ERK5 . Similar to MEK inhibitors, a JNK inhibitor, SP600125 (10 μM)  or a p38 inhibitor, SB203580 (10 μM)  significantly suppressed the induction of cingulate LTP (SP600125: 111.3 ± 17.1%, n = 6, P > 0.05 compared with baseline response; SB203580: 114.0 ± 16.6%, n = 6, P > 0.05 compared with baseline response, Fig. 1F). Since PD98059 and U0126 have been reported to also inhibit MEK5, the upstream regulator of ERK5 , these results suggest that the activation of all MAPK signaling pathways is required for the induction of cingulate LTP. However, we can not completely rule out possible non-selective effects of pharmacological inhibitors.
Inhibition is independent of the induction protocols
LTP can be induced in the absence of picrotoxin
Next, we examined the effect of picrotoxin on LTP induced by the EPSP-AP protocol. Our results showed that LTP induced by the EPSP-AP protocol showed no difference between in the absence (137.6 ± 11.5%, n = 9, P < 0.05 compared with baseline response) and presence (140.6 ± 9.0%, see Fig. 2B, D) of picrotoxin (Fig. 4C, D). These results indicate that different LTP induction protocols would cause different inhibitory actions in the ACC synapses.
ERK inhibitors do not affect AMPA receptor-mediated baseline EPSCs
In the following series of experiments, we used ERK inhibitors by bath application to test whether these drugs affect basal synaptic transmission, because it is reported that activation of presynaptic MAPK may enhance synaptic vesicle recycling and regulate short-time presynaptic plasticity in cultured hippocampal neurons .
NMDA receptor-mediated baseline EPSCs
In this study, we demonstrated that ERK activation is required for the induction of LTP in the ACC and that the MEK inhibitors did not affect the maintenance phase of cingulate LTP. Furthermore, we showed that inhibitors of other members of MAPK family, such as JNK and p38, also blocked the induction of cingulate LTP generated by the pairing protocol. Thus, ERK/MAPK activation is essential for triggering long-term synaptic changes in the ACC, which plays critical roles in physiological and pathological conditions.
The ERK activation in synaptic plasticity
The role of ERK in synaptic potentiation in the mammalian brains
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The current work
The molecular mechanism of synaptic potentiation in the ACC
The molecular and cellular mechanisms of synaptic potentiation in the ACC are beginning to be elucidated by pharmacological and genetic studies. The neuronal activity triggered by LTP-inducing stimuli increases the release of glutamate in the cingulate synapses. The activation of NMDA receptors including NR2A and NR2B subunits and L-type voltage-gated calcium channels (L-VDCCs) induces an increase in postsynaptic calcium in dendritic spines [3, 9]. Calcium influx via NMDA receptors and L-VDCCs plays a key role for triggering biological processes that lead to cingulate LTP. Postsynaptic calcium binds to calmodulin (CaM) and triggers various intracellular protein kinases and phosphatases . CaM target proteins, such as Ca2+/CaM-dependent protein kinases (PKC, CaMKII and CaMKIV), CaM-activated ACs (AC1 and 8), and the CaM-activated phosphatase calcineurin, are known to be important for synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus [8, 51, 52]. Among them, activation of AC1 and CaMKIV have been reported to be essential for the induction of LTP in the ACC [4, 9]. As the downstream target of AC1, cyclic-AMP(cAMP)-dependent protein kinase (PKA) has been well documented, which may activate MEK and ERK/MAPK via the activation of AC1. Activated ERK/MAPK likely has multiple targets including cAMP response element binding protein (CREB) that is required for long-term synaptic changes in neurons . In the present study, JNK  or p38 inhibitor  blocked the induction of cingulate LTP generated by the pairing protocol, indicating that JNK and p38 would be involved in the induction of cingulate LTP. By contrast, in hippocampus, it has been reported that different MAPK cascades plays different roles for synaptic plasticity; Ras-Erk1/2 for LTP, Rap1-p38 for LTD, and Rap2-JNK for depotentiation .
LTP is typically divided into two phases such as early-phase and late-phase LTP (E-LTP and L-LTP, respectively). E-LTP depends on the activation of kinases and phosphatases, while L-LTP depends on the change of gene expression. Considering the importance of ERK in regulating gene expression, the ERK activation may be required for L-LTP. In previous reports, not only L-LTP but also E-LTP were inhibited by the MEK inhibitor, PD98059 [16, 38]. Thus, the ERK signaling not only regulates the gene expression required for L-LTP, but also contributes to activation of several kinases required for E-LTP. In the present study, the maintenance of cingulate LTP was not affected by PD98059, suggesting that the ERK signaling cascade is not persistently activated during LTP in the ACC. This phenomenon is consistent with a previous report, in which PD98059 had no effect on the expression of LTP in the hippocampus . The molecular mechanisms underlying the maintenance of LTP are not well understood. Calcium influx into the postsynaptic membrane is an essential process in the induction of LTP , and this enhanced calcium levels in the postsynaptic neurons activate several protein kinases including the CaMKII, which plays a pivotal role in the induction of LTP [38, 55, 56]. Autophosphorylation of the CaMKII leads the kinase into an autonomous mode of activity, and this molecular switch is believed to be important for experience-dependent synaptic plasticity, learning, and memory in the hippocampus [52, 55]. Since protein kinase C (PKC) and CaMKII have been shown to be required for the induction, but not maintenance of hippocampal LTP [52, 55], such autonomous activation of ERK might have contributed to the maintenance of cingulate LTP. Thus, the MEK inhibitors would have an inhibitory effect on the induction but not the maintenance of LTP. Taken together, the ERK activation is an important signaling cascade in triggering the synaptic potentiation in the ACC.
Physiological and pathological significance
The prefrontal cortex, including the ACC, is thought to be important for higher brain functions in emotion, learning, memory and chronic pain [1–6, 57]. Previous our studies using AC1 and AC8 double-knockout or NR2B overexpressed mice show that the AC1, AC8 and NR2B receptors in the ACC contribute to the behavioral allodynia [4, 58]. Roles for the ACC in remote contextual fear memory  and spatial memory  have also been reported. By contrast, another line of evidence suggests that the ACC may play a critical role in the acquisition of fear memory [2, 3]. Indeed, fear memory has been caused by direct stimulation of the ACC , and NR2B subunit in the ACC has been demonstrated to be involved in the induction of LTP and acquisition of contextual fear memory . Although the ERK activation in the prefrontal cortex has been indicated to play a critical role in long-term memory storage , more studies are necessary to understand the roles of ERK in the formation of contextual fear memory and persist pain. Furthermore, it has been reported that the ERK activation in prefrontal cortex contributed to reward and aversion effects of drugs of abuse  and that ERK phosphorylation in the prefrontal cortex increased under chronic stress state . Therefore, the ERK activation in the ACC is necessary for not only physiological but also pathological conditions. Understanding synaptic plasticity in the ACC will help us provide the new insight about cortical processing and memory formation under physiological and pathological conditions.
Animals and slice preparation
The Animal Care and Use Committee of University of Toronto approved the mouse protocols. C57BL/6 mice (6–8 weeks old) were anesthetized with halothane, and coronal brain slices (300 μM) containing the ACC were prepared using our previous methods [3, 10, 62]. Slices were transferred to a submerged recovery chamber with oxygenated (95% O2 and 5% CO2) artificial cerebrospinal fluid (ACSF) containing (in mM: 124 NaCl, 2.5 KCl, 2 CaCl2, 1 MgSO4, 25 NaHCO3, 1 NaH2PO4, 10 glucose) at room temperature for at least 1 h.
Whole-cell patch-clamp recordings
Experiments were performed in a recording chamber on the stage of an Axioskop 2FS microscope with infrared DIC optics for visualization of whole-cell patch clamp recording. Neurons of the ACC in the layer II, III and V received afferent input from the thalamus . In the present study, excitatory postsynaptic currents (EPSCs) were recorded from the layer II/III neurons with an Axon 200B amplifier (Molecular Devices, CA) and the stimulations were delivered by a bipolar tungsten stimulating electrode placed in the layer V of the ACC slices [3, 10, 62]. EPSCs were induced by repetitive stimulations at 0.02 Hz and neurons were voltage clamped at -70 mV. The recording pipettes (3–5 MΩ) were filled with solution containing (mM) 145 K-gluconate, 5 NaCl, 1 MgCl2, 0.2 EGTA, 10 HEPES, 2 Mg-ATP, and 0.1 Na3-GTP (adjusted to pH 7.2 with KOH). In the most of experiment, picrotoxin (100 μM) was present to block GABAA receptor-mediated inhibitory currents. In some experiment, LTP was induced in the absence of picrotoxin. Three kinds of LTP induction paradigms were used within 12 min after establishing the whole-cell configuration to prevent wash out effect on LTP induction . The first protocol was pairing 80 presynaptic pulses at 2 Hz with postsynaptic depolarization at + 30 mV (referred to as the pairing protocol, . The second protocol was paired 3 presynaptic stimuli which caused 3 excitatory postsynaptic potentials (EPSPs) (10 ms ahead) with 3 postsynaptic APs elicited by 0.5 nA, 10 ms current steps at 30 Hz, paired 15 times every 5s in the current clamp mode . The third protocol was theta-burst stimulation (5 trains of burst with 4 pulses at 100 Hz, 200 ms interval; repeat 4 times with interval of 10 s) . NMDA receptor-mediated component of EPSCs was pharmacologically isolated in ACSF containing: CNQX (20 μM), glycine (1 μM) and picrotoxin (100 μM). The patch electrodes contained (in mM) 102 cesium gluconate, 5 TEA chloride, 3.7 NaCl, 11 BAPTA, 0.2 EGTA, 20 HEPES, 2 MgATP, 0.3 NaGTP, and 5 QX-314 chloride (adjusted to pH 7.2 with CsOH). Neurons were voltage clamped at -30 mV and NMDA receptor-mediated EPSCs were evoked at 0.05 Hz. Access resistance was 15–30 MΩ and was monitored throughout the experiment.
All chemicals and drugs including PD98059 and U0126 were obtained from Sigma (St. Louis, MO), except for QX-314, SP600125 and SB203580 that were from Tocris Cookson (Ellisville, MO). PD98059, U0126, SP600125 and SB203580 were dissolved in DMSO and diluted more than 1000-fold to give a final concentration in intracellular solution or ACSF. The diluted DMSO in intracellular solution or ACSF had no effect on synaptic transmission and plasticity.
Data analysis and statistics
Data were collected and analyzed using pClamp 9.2 software (Axon Instruments). Data were discarded if access resistance changed more than 15% during an experiment. Rise times were determined between 10 and 90% of the peak amplitude of the evoked EPSC (eEPSCs). Decay times were measured from the peak to 37% of peak amplitude of eEPSCs. Statistical comparisons were performed using the Student's t-test. The level of significance was set at P < 0.05.
This work is supported by grants from the EJLB-Canadian Institutes of Health Research Michael Smith Chair in Neurosciences and Mental Health, Canada Research Chair, and Canadian Institute for Health Research to M.Z. L-J.W is supported by postdoctoral fellowships from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Fragile X Research Foundation of Canada.
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