The N-methyl-D-aspartate glutamate receptors (NMDARs) mediate calcium-dependent signaling that underpins multiple forms of synaptic plasticity. Different GluN2 (GluN2A-D) subunit confers NMDARs with distinct ion channel properties and intracellular trafficking pathways. In a review article which has just been published in Journal of Neurochemistry, we discuss the current knowledge of the molecular mechanisms that regulate the trafficking of GluN2-containing NMDARs, focusing on the roles of several key synaptic proteins that interact via their carboxyl termini. This review article is a joint effort with our collaborator Prof. Katherine Roche (NINDS, NIH). Congratulations to Marta (Roche Lab) and Hilary (Anggono Lab) on an excellent work.
We are excited to welcome Dr. Anson Tan (postdoctoral fellow) and Mr. Sooraj Das (PhD student), who have just joined the Anggono Lab to investigate the mechanisms of glutamate receptor trafficking in neurons. Anson received his PhD from the University of Melbourne studying the mechanisms of APP trafficking under the supervision of Prof. Paul Gleeson, while Sooraj received his BS-MS double degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, India. We are also very fortunate to retain Ms Hilary Yong (former Research Assistant), who will pursue her PhD degree in the lab. Both Sooraj and Hilary received highly competitive Research Training Program Scholarships from the Australian Government.
Modulation of L-type voltage-gated calcium channels by 1,25-dihyroxyvitamin D in developing medial prefrontal cortex
Genetic variants in genes encoding L-type voltage-gated calcium channel (L-VGCC) subtypes are associated with increased risk for schizophrenia. Likewise, epidemiological study has implicated developmental vitamin D deficiency as a risk factor for schizophrenia. In the latest study published in Translational Psychiatry, we (led by Prof. John McGrath of QBI, UQ and Aarhus University, Denmark) showed that the active vitamin D metabolite exert a rapid, non-genomic modulation of L-VGCCs in a subset of neurons in developing medial prefrontal cortex in mice. Optimal modulation of L-VGCCs by 1,25(OH)2-vitamin D may therefore contribute to the healthy development of Vitamin D-responsive neurons within the maturing cortical circuits.
A collaborative study led by a PhD student, Eunice Wong from the Degnan's Labs (School of Biological Sciences, UQ), has revealed ancient submodules of co-expressed "synaptic gene" orthologues during development and in cell type-specific manners. Although synapses do not exist in the sponge, these submodules may contribute to sensory roles in specific cell types in the sponge. The paper was published in the journal Scientific Reports.
We are delighted to welcome Mr. Liming Yang, a third year Bachelor of Medical Science student from the University of Exeter, UK. Liming will undertake a one-year research in the Anggono Lab as part of the Professional Training Year programme.
A collaborative study from the van Swinderen laboratory (QBI, UQ) published in Anesthesiology, has shown that transiently expressing a truncated syntaxin1A (Δ227) in adult Drosophila flies facilitates recovery from isoflurane anesthesia. Interestingly, our biochemical study revealed that the truncated syntaxin1A is absence from the presynaptic SNARE complex, suggesting that the resistance-promoting effect occurs prior to SNARE formation.
We are delighted to host Dr. Rosie Bamford from the Oguro-Ando's Lab, our collaborator at the Exeter University, UK for one month. Rosie was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship, which supported her trip to Brisbane. Congratulations and welcome to the lab.
A big congratulations to Joanne, who has been awarded her PhD degree and has officially became our lab's first PhD graduate. Well done!!!
We are proud to be part of a new study, published in Scientific Reports, confirming the link between neonatal vitamin D deficiency and the risk of schizophrenia. This study led by our collaborator Prof. John McGrath (QBI, UQ and Aarhus University, Denmark) was based on 2602 individuals (born between 1981-2000) from the Danish national registry. This is the largest study of its kind to date. [Press Release] [Infographic]
The 38th annual scientific meeting of the Australasian Neuroscience Society (ANS) was held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in Brisbane from 3 to 6 Dec 2018. Members of the Anggono Lab were active participants in this year meeting. Victor was the co-Chair of the Local Organising Committee. He also organised the pre-meeting Imaging Workshop, which was a success. Jocelyn, Iris, Ellen and Hilary presented their works in various symposia and oral sessions. Meanwhile, Sumasri and Tianyi also presented posters at the meeting.
Victor received an ARC Discovery Project Grant to study the regulatory mechanism of NMDA receptor trafficking by protein phosphorylation. This project is supported by our collaborators, Dr. Angelo Keramidas (QBI, UQ), A/Prof. Brett Collins (IMB, UQ) and Prof. Katherine Roche (National Institutes of Health, USA), all of whom are co-Investigators in this successful grant application.
A new collaborative paper in Cerebral Cortex led by the lab of A/Prof. Michael Piper (School of Biomedical Sciences, UQ) has revealed a role of the transcription factor NFIX (Nucleor Factor I X) in neuroblast migration within the adult mouse ventricular - subventricular zone. Conditional ablation of NFIX from neural stem or progenitor cells, or neuroblasts causes migration defects due to aberrant neuroblast branching, partly resulted from an increased expression of the guanylyl cyclase natriuretic peptide receptor 2 (Npr2). Congratulations to the team, especially Oressia and Lachlan from the Piper Lab!
The CASS Foundation has awarded Jocelyn a travel grant to present at the upcoming annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN), which will be held on November 3-7, 2018 in San Diego, USA. Congratulations!
In addition to her role as a panel member of a career development workshop and presentation of an invited talk, Jocelyn also had the opportunity to meet Prof. Rendy Schekman (2013 Nobel Laureate in Medicine) of UC Berkeley at the recent ComBio2018 meeting in Sydney. Thanks to ASBMB for promoting and supporting our ECRs.
Jocelyn receives the Queensland Protein Group (QPG)-sponsored travel prize to attend and present a talk at ComBio2018 in Sydney. Well done!
We are delighted to have 3 new students joining the lab in July 2018. They are River Huang (PhD student), Huimin Guo (MSc student) and Wendy Kao (Honours student). River was supported by a highly competitive UQ Research Training Scholarship. Congrats and warm welcome to our newest members in the lab.
Jocelyn's new review article in the Journal of Neurochemistry is now online. N6-methyladenosine (m6A), the most prevalent internal modification on eukaryotic RNA, modulates transcript stability, splicing and translation efficiency. Activity-dependent m6A in the central nervous system provides a versatile and important mechanism to control RNA structure and function. This review article provides the current knowledge of m6A function and mechanism in neurobiology, highlighting the critical roles of m6A-epitranscriptomic regulation in multiple aspects of the mammalian nervous system, from neural development to plasticity in learning and memory.
We were delighted to host Dr. Asami Oguro-Ando from the University of Exeter for the week at the Queensland Brain Institute. It was a productive visit. Thanks to the QUEX Institute Initiator Grant Scheme for the support.
Jocelyn is one of 19 awardees of the Young Investigator Travel Awards from the Asian-Pacific Society for Neurochemistry (APSN). Jocelyn will have an opportunity to present a talk in a Young Investigator Colloquium at the 15th APSN Meeting in August 2018, in Macau. Congratulations!
Dr. Asami Oguro-Ando (University of Exeter) and Victor were co-awarded a QUEX Institute Initiative Grant, which funds a new collaborative project between the two labs on the role of cell adhesion molecules on neurodegeneration.
Tianyi Zhu et al. (Volume 430/3) show that active ubiquitination of FTO mediates its proteasomal degradation, as well as its translocation into the nucleus during nutrient deprivation. The cover depicts an artistic rendition of FTO translocation into nuclei, which are stained by DAPI. The small puncta represent ubiquitinated FTO as revealed by the proximity ligation assay using anti-FTO and anti-ubiquitin antibodies.
Cell artwork by Jocelyn Widagdo. Background visual design by Miriam Bucheli (Elsevier/Scientific Editor and Visual Designer).
A major collaborative paper led by A/Prof. Bruno van Swinderen (QBI, UQ) has just been published in Cell Reports, describing the effect of a widely used general anaesthetic, propofol, in impairing the presynaptic release of neurotransmitters. Propofol restricts syntaxin 1a mobility on presynaptic membranes, a process that is dependent on another SNARE molecule, SNAP-25. Members of the Anggono Lab who were involved in this study include James Steeves (former Research Assistant) and Shu Liu (former Wen Zhou Scholar). [Press Release]
Tianyi, Hilary and Jocelyn have just published a research article in the Journal of Molecular Biology, reporting that the fat mass and obesity-associated (FTO) protein undergoes post-translational ubiquitination at Lys-216 of the N-terminal catalytic domain. By using the CRISPR/Cas-9 approach, they further showed that FTO K216R knock-in cells have a slower rate of FTO protein turnover. In addition, these cells display a defect in FTO translocation into the nucleus following amino acid starvation. Great effort by the team and congrats!
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