Identification and characterization of two novel splice forms of GRIP1 in the rat brain

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Abstract

We cloned two novel alternatively-spliced mRNA isoforms of glutamate receptor interacting protein 1 (GRIP1) which we named GRIP1d and GRIP1e 4–7. GRIP1d is a 135 kDa, 7-PDZ-domain variant of GRIP1, containing the 12 amino acid C-terminus originally described for the 4-PDZ-domain GRIP1c 4–7. GRIP1e 4–7 is a 75 kDa 4-PDZ-domain variant of GRIP1, containing the 12 amino acid C-terminus originally described for the 7-PDZ-domain GRIP1a/b. Northern blots indicated that GRIP1d mRNA is 5.1 kb long and abundant in brain. An antibody to the C-terminus of the 75 kDa GRIP1c 4–7 also recognized an abundant 135 kDa protein, consistent with the predicted size of GRIP1d. Similarly, an antibody to the C-terminus of the 135 kDa GRIP1a/b also recognized a low abundance 75 kDa protein, consistent with the predicted size of GRIP1e 4–7. Immunocytochemistry of hippocampal cultures and intact brain using these antibodies showed that (i) these isoforms are present in both GABAergic and glutamatergic synapses, and (ii) the isoforms co-localize in individual synapses. While GRIP1a/b isoforms are abundant in interneurons and highly concentrated in GABAergic presynaptic terminals, the isoforms recognized by the antibody to the C-terminus common to GRIP1c 4–7 and GRIP1d are much less abundant in interneurons and preferentially concentrate at the postsynaptic complex.

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