Sustained long term potentiation and anxiety in mice lacking the Mas protooncogene
Walther, T × Balschun, Detlef Voigt, JP Fink, H Zuschratter, W Birchmeier, C Ganten, D Bader, M #
Amer soc biochemistry molecular biology inc
Journal of Biological Chemistry vol:273 issue:19 pages:11867-11873
The Mas protooncogene is a maternally imprinted gene encoding an orphan G protein-coupled receptor expressed mainly in forebrain and testis, Here, we provide evidence for a function of Mas in the central nervous system. Targeted disruption of the Mas protooncogene leads to an increased durability of long term potentiation in the dentate gyrus, without affecting hippocampal morphology, basal synaptic transmission, and presynaptic function. In addition, Mas(-/-) mice show alterations in the onset of depotentiation, The permissive influence of Mas ablation on hippocampal synaptic plasticity is paralleled by behavioral changes. While spatial learning in the Morris water maze is not significantly influenced, Mas-deficient animals display an increased anxiety as assessed in the elevated-plus maze. Thus, Mas is an important modulating factor in the electrophysiology of the hippocampus and is involved in behavioral pathways in the adult brain.