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Role of the sorting receptor SorCS1 in controlling excitation/inhibition balance in neural circuits.

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postcode: 9052

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 Coordinator Country Belgium [BE]
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 Total cost 160˙800 €
 EC max contribution 160˙800 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-05-01   to  2017-04-30


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    VIB BE (ZWIJNAARDE - GENT) coordinator 160˙800.00


 Project objective

Controlling the precise balance between excitation and inhibition (E/I balance) is critical for information processing in the brain. A perturbed E/I balance has been implicated in the etiology of a wide range of neuropsychiatric disorders. The factors that dictate the balance between excitatory and inhibitory synaptic transmission are still poorly defined, but trans-synaptic interactions between adhesion molecules such as neurexins and neuroligins are thought to be important. The host laboratory recently identified the sorting receptor SorCS1 as a key regulator of the synaptic abundance of glutamate receptors and adhesion molecules, including neurexins and neuroligins. SorCS1 has been associated with a variety of neural disorders, including autism, schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease. I hypothesize that SorCS1 controls E/I balance in the brain by regulating the synaptic abundance of cell surface receptors. I shall test this hypothesis via the following specific aims:

Aim 1: To analyse whether SorCS1 regulates synaptic trafficking of adhesion molecules and neurotransmitter receptors under basal conditions and during synaptic activity.

Aim 2: To define how SorCS1 affects excitatory and inhibitory synapse function in vitro and in vivo.

Aim 3: To determine whether perturbed SorCS1 levels and disease-associated SorCS1 mutations affect E/I balance in neural circuits.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2015 Jeffrey N. Savas, Luís F. Ribeiro, Keimpe D. Wierda, Rebecca Wright, Laura A. DeNardo-Wilke, Heather C. Rice, Ingrid Chamma, Yi-Zhi Wang, Roland Zemla, Mathieu Lavallée-Adam, Kristel M. Vennekens, Matthew L. O’Sullivan, Joseph K. Antonios, Elizabeth A. Hall, Olivier Thoumine, Alan D. Attie, John R. Yates, Anirvan Ghosh, Joris de Wit
The Sorting Receptor SorCS1 Regulates Trafficking of Neurexin and AMPA Receptors
published pages: 764-780, ISSN: 0896-6273, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2015.08.007
Neuron 87/4 2019-07-24

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