Molecular biology of the cell

Plasticity-related gene 5 (PRG5) induces filopodia and neurite growth and impedes lysophosphatidic acid- and nogo-A-mediated axonal retraction.

PMID 20032306


Members of the plasticity-related gene (PRG1-4) family are brain-specific integral membrane proteins and implicated in neuronal plasticity, such as filopodia formation and axon growth after brain lesion. Here we report on the cloning of a novel member of the PRG family, PRG5, with high homologies to PRG3. PRG5 is regulated during brain and spinal cord development and is exclusively allocated within the nervous system. When introduced in neurons, PRG5 is distributed in the plasma membrane and induces filopodia as well as axon elongation and growth. Conversely, siRNA mediated knockdown of PRG5 impedes axon growth and disturbs filopodia formation. Here we show that PRG5 induces filopodia growth independently of Cdc42. Moreover, axon collapse and RhoA activation induced by LPA and myelin-associated neurite inhibitor Nogo-A is attenuated in the presence of PRG5, although direct activation of the RhoA-Rho-PIP5K kinase pathway abolishes PRG5 -formed neurites. Thus, we describe here the identification of a novel member of the PRG family that induces filopodia and axon elongation in a Cdc42-independent manner. In addition, PRG5 impedes brain injury-associated growth inhibitory signals upstream of the RhoA-Rho kinase pathway.