• Assia Fafouri
  • Zsolt Csaba
  • Sophie Lebon
  • Vincent El Ghouzzi
  • Stéphane Peineau
  • Guilan Vodjdani
  • Foteini Kiagiadaki
  • Siew Yeen Chai
  • Kyriaki Thermos
  • Véronique Bernard
  • Graham Collingridge
  • Stéphane Auvin
  • Pierre Gressens
  • Pascal Dournaud

UNLABELLED: Within the hippocampus, the major somatostatin (SRIF) receptor subtype, the sst2A receptor, is localized at postsynaptic sites of the principal neurons where it modulates neuronal activity. Following agonist exposure, this receptor rapidly internalizes and recycles slowly through the trans-Golgi network. In epilepsy, a high and chronic release of somatostatin occurs, which provokes, in both rat and human tissue, a decrease in the density of this inhibitory receptor at the cell surface. The insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP) is involved in vesicular trafficking and shares common regional distribution with the sst2A receptor. In addition, IRAP ligands display anticonvulsive properties. We therefore sought to assess by in vitro and in vivo experiments in hippocampal rat tissue whether IRAP ligands could regulate the trafficking of the sst2A receptor and, consequently, modulate limbic seizures. Using pharmacological and cell biological approaches, we demonstrate that IRAP ligands accelerate the recycling of the sst2A receptor that has internalized in neurons in vitro or in vivo. Most importantly, because IRAP ligands increase the density of this inhibitory receptor at the plasma membrane, they also potentiate the neuropeptide SRIF inhibitory effects on seizure activity. Our results further demonstrate that IRAP is a therapeutic target for the treatment of limbic seizures and possibly for other neurological conditions in which downregulation of G-protein-coupled receptors occurs.

SIGNIFICANCE STATEMENT: The somatostatin type 2A receptor (sst2A) is localized on principal hippocampal neurons and displays anticonvulsant properties. Following agonist exposure, however, this receptor rapidly internalizes and recycles slowly. The insulin-regulated aminopeptidase (IRAP) is involved in vesicular trafficking and shares common regional distribution with the sst2A receptor. We therefore assessed by in vitro and in vivo experiments whether IRAP could regulate the trafficking of this receptor. We demonstrate that IRAP ligands accelerate sst2A recycling in hippocampal neurons. Because IRAP ligands increase the density of sst2A receptors at the plasma membrane, they also potentiate the effects of this inhibitory receptor on seizure activity. Our results further demonstrate that IRAP is a therapeutic target for the treatment of limbic seizures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11960-11975
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Neuroscience
Volume35
Issue number34
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Aug 2015

    Research areas

  • Animals, CHO Cells, Cricetinae, Cricetulus, Cystinyl Aminopeptidase, Hippocampus, Humans, Limbic System, Male, Mice, Protein Transport, Rats, Rats, Wistar, Receptors, Somatostatin, Seizures

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