Impaired NMDA receptor-mediated postsynaptic function and blunted NMDA receptor-dependent persistent pain in mice lacking postsynaptic density-93 protein. Academic Article uri icon


  • Modification of synaptic NMDA receptor (NMDAR) expression influences NMDAR-mediated synaptic function and associated persistent pain. NMDARs directly bind to a family of membrane-associated guanylate kinases (MAGUKs) that regulate surface and synaptic NMDAR trafficking in the CNS. We report here that postsynaptic density-93 protein (PSD-93), a postsynaptic neuronal MAGUK, is expressed abundantly in spinal dorsal horn and forebrain, where it colocalizes and interacts with NMDAR subunits NR2A and NR2B. Targeted disruption of the PSD-93 gene reduces not only surface NR2A and NR2B expression but also NMDAR-mediated excitatory postsynaptic currents and potentials, without affecting surface AMPA receptor expression or its synaptic function, in the regions mentioned above. Furthermore, mice lacking PSD-93 exhibit blunted NMDAR-dependent persistent pain induced by peripheral nerve injury or injection of Complete Freund's Adjuvant, although they display intact nociceptive responsiveness to acute pain. PSD-93 appears to be important for NMDAR synaptic targeting and function and to be a potential biochemical target for the treatment of persistent pain.

published proceedings

  • J Neurosci

author list (cited authors)

  • Tao, Y., Rumbaugh, G., Wang, G., Petralia, R. S., Zhao, C., Kauer, F. W., ... Johns, R. A.

citation count

  • 127

complete list of authors

  • Tao, Yuan-Xiang||Rumbaugh, Gavin||Wang, Guo-Du||Petralia, Ronald S||Zhao, Chengshui||Kauer, Frederick W||Tao, Feng||Zhuo, Min||Wenthold, Robert J||Raja, Srinivasa N||Huganir, Richard L||Bredt, David S||Johns, Roger A

publication date

  • July 2003