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Mutations in the PRRT2 gene are the main cause for a group of paroxysmal neurological diseases including paroxysmal kinesigenic dyskinesia, episodic ataxia, benign familial infantile seizures, and hemiplegic migraine. In the mature central nervous system, the protein has both a functional and a structural role at the synapse. Indeed, PRRT2 participates in the regulation of neurotransmitter release, as well as of actin cytoskeleton dynamics during synaptogenesis. Here, we show a role of the protein also during early stages of neuronal development. We found that PRRT2 accumulates at the growth cone in cultured hippocampal neurons. Overexpression of the protein causes an increase in the size and the morphological complexity of growth cones. In contrast, the growth cones of neurons derived from PRRT2 KO mice are smaller and less elaborated. Finally, we demonstrated that the aberrant shape of PRRT2 KO growth cones is associated with a selective alteration of the growth cone actin cytoskeleton. Our data support a key role of PRRT2 in the regulation of growth cone morphology during neuronal development.


Elisa Savino, Fabrizia Claudia Guarnieri, Jin-Wu Tsai, Anna Corradi, Fabio Benfenati, Flavia Valtorta. An Emerging Role of PRRT2 in Regulating Growth Cone Morphology. Cells. 2021 Oct 05;10(10)

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PMID: 34685646

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