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cAMP-dependend plasticity of striatal projection neurons in health and disease

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Project "SCAMPICITY" data sheet

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Organization address
address: Martinistrasse 52
postcode: 20251

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 174˙806 €
 EC max contribution 174˙806 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2018
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-04-01   to  2021-03-31


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 Project objective

The project aims to reveal the so far unknown role of cAMP in structural and synaptic plasticity of striatal spiny projection neurons (SPNs) in health and disease. Striatal SPNs divide into two subgroups: the dSPNs and iSPNs. While dSPNs preferentially express the D1 dopamine (DA) receptor, iSPNs express the D2 receptor. Both are coupled to the cAMP second messenger cascade, however the D1-receptor activates and the D2-receptor inhibits it. DA has therefore opposite effects on the two SPN groups, both mediated by cAMP. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder. It is characterized by typical motor symptoms caused by the death of DA neurons and the subsequent lack of DA in the striatum. A long-standing but untested notion in the field is that loss of DA leads to aberrant cAMP levels and signaling in SPNs. The project will look at the role of cAMP in SPN synaptic and structural plasticity. We will use novel optogenetic tools that allow cell-type specific activation of cAMP, with high spatiotemporal resolution. Focusing on corticostriatal synaptic transmission, we want to ask if transient activation of cAMP alone is sufficient to induce plasticity (e.g. strengthening or weakening) of this synapse. Secondly, we will use known plasticity protocols and test if precise activation of cAMP can interrupted or potentiated them. Unpublished data suggest that in vivo drug treatments that presumably elevate cAMP in SPNs induce structural plasticity, i.e. loss of dendritic spines. Following this we will unravel if cell-type specific activation of cAMP is sufficient to induce structural changes and how this relates to synaptic plasticity. Lastly, we will test the long-standing notion that cAMP levels and the responsiveness of the cascade are altered in an animal model of PD. This project will advance our understanding of how SPNs work by unraveling cAMP’s role in plasticity, and potentially inform future strategies to combat PD.

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