Phosphatase IIb (calcineurin, CaN) can reduce N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) synaptic responses by enhancing glycine-independent desensitization. We examined the action of CaN on desensitization in recombinant NMDA receptors comprised of NMDA receptor 1 (NR1) and NR2A subunits. The C-terminus of NR2A, but not NR1, was critical for modulation of desensitization by CaN. Alanine-scanning mutagenesis indicated that serines 900 and 929 in NR2A altered desensitization, as did inhibition of tyrosine phosphatases. Our data suggest that dephosphorylation-dependent regulation of the C-terminus of NR2A increases desensitization of NMDA receptors, providing an additional mechanism for modulation of synaptic signals.
- NMDA receptors
- Tyrosine phosphatases
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience