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    Epilepsy, a neurological condition, is widely prevalent among individuals with intellectual disability (ID). It is well established that N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors play an important role in both epilepsy and ID. Autosomal dominant mutations in the GRIN2B gene, which encodes the GluN2B subunit of the NMDA receptor, have been reported to be associated with epilepsy and ID. However, the underlying mechanism of this association is not well-understood. In this study, we identified a novel GRIN2B mutation (c.3272A > C, p.K1091T) in a patient with epilepsy and ID. The proband was a one year and ten months old girl. GRIN2B variant was inherited from her mother. We further investigated the functional consequences of this mutation. Our findings revealed that the p.K1091T mutation created a Casein kinase 2 phosphorylation site. Using recombinant NMDA receptors containing the GluN2B-K1091T along with GluN1 in HEK 293T cells, we observed significant defects in its interactions with postsynaptic density 95. It is accompanied by reduced delivery of the receptors to the cell membrane and a decrease in glutamate affinity. Moreover, primary neurons expressing GluN2B-K1091T also exhibited impaired surface expression of NMDA receptors, a reduction in dendritic spine number and excitatory synaptic transmission. In summary, our study reports a novel GRIN2B mutation and provides functional characteristics of this mutation in vitro, thereby contributing to the understanding of GRIN2B variants in epilepsy and ID. Copyright © 2023 IBRO. All rights reserved.


    Xiaona Wang, Daoqi Mei, Lingshan Gou, Shuai Zhao, Chao Gao, Jisheng Guo, Shuying Luo, Bin Guo, Zhigang Yang, Qi Wang, Tao Tan, Yaodong Zhang. Functional Evaluation of a Novel GRIN2B Missense Variant Associated with Epilepsy and Intellectual Disability. Neuroscience. 2023 Aug 21;526:107-120

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