The signaling cascades governing neuronal migration are believed to link extracellular signals to cytoskeletal components. MAP1B is a neuron-specific microtubule-associated protein implicated in the control of the dynamic stability of microtubules and in the cross-talk between microtubules and actin filaments. Here we show that Reelin can induce mode I MAP1B phosphorylation, both in vivo and in vitro, through gsk3 and cdk5 activation. Additionally, mDab1 participates in the signaling cascade responsible for mode I MAP1B phosphorylation. Conversely, MAP1B-deficient mice display an abnormal structuring of the nervous system, especially in brain laminated areas, indicating a failure in neuronal migration. Therefore, we propose that Reelin can induce post-translational modifications on MAP1B that could correlate with its function in neuronal migration.
- Cyclin-dependent kinase 5
- Glycogen synthase kinase 3
- Microtubule-associated protein
- Neuronal migration
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience