Cell research

Endophilin A1 regulates dendritic spine morphogenesis and stability through interaction with p140Cap.

PMID 25771685


Dendritic spines are actin-rich membrane protrusions that are the major sites of excitatory synaptic input in the mammalian brain, and their morphological plasticity provides structural basis for learning and memory. Here we report that endophilin A1, with a well-established role in clathrin-mediated synaptic vesicle endocytosis at the presynaptic terminal, also localizes to dendritic spines and is required for spine morphogenesis, synapse formation and synaptic function. We identify p140Cap, a regulator of cytoskeleton reorganization, as a downstream effector of endophilin A1 and demonstrate that disruption of their interaction impairs spine formation and maturation. Moreover, we demonstrate that knockdown of endophilin A1 or p140Cap impairs spine stabilization and synaptic function. We further show that endophilin A1 regulates the distribution of p140Cap and its downstream effector, the F-actin-binding protein cortactin as well as F-actin enrichment in dendritic spines. Together, these results reveal a novel function of postsynaptic endophilin A1 in spine morphogenesis, stabilization and synaptic function through the regulation of p140Cap.