E3 ubiquitin ligase Nedd4-2 exerts neuroprotective effects during endoplasmic reticulum stress

Daphne E. Lodes, Jiuhe Zhu, Nien Pei Tsai

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The neural precursor cell expressed developmentally down-regulated protein 4-like (Nedd4-2) is an E3 ubiquitin ligase critical for neurodevelopment and homeostasis of neural circuit excitability. While dysregulation of Nedd4-2 has been linked to elevated seizure susceptibility through impaired ubiquitination of multiple direct substrates, it remains largely unclear whether Nedd4-2 interconnects other cellular pathways that affect neuronal activity and seizure susceptibility. Here, we first showed that Nedd4-2 associates with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and regulates the expression of multiple ER-resident proteins. Furthermore, utilizing Nedd4-2 conditional knockout mice, we showed that Nedd4-2 is required for the maintenance of spontaneous neural activity and excitatory synapses following the induction of ER stress. When analyzing activation of the canonical pathways of ER stress response, we found that Nedd4-2 is required for phosphorylation of eIF2α. While phosphorylation of eIF2α has been shown to reduce seizure susceptibility, attempts to facilitate phosphorylation of eIF2α in Nedd4-2 conditional knockout mice failed to produce such a beneficial function, suggesting a role for Nedd4-2 in integrating the ER stress response to modulate seizure susceptibility. Altogether, our study demonstrates neuroprotective functions of Nedd4-2 during ER stress in neurons and could provide insight into neurological diseases in which the expression or activity of Nedd4-2 is impaired. (Figure presented.).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-624
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Neurochemistry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Mar 2022


  • Nedd4-2
  • eIF2α
  • endoplasmic reticulum
  • seizure
  • stress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Biochemistry


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