Dysregulation of dopamine transporters via dopamine D2 autoreceptors triggers anomalous dopamine efflux associated with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder

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  • The neurotransmitter dopamine (DA) modulates brain circuits involved in attention, reward, and motor activity. Synaptic DA homeostasis is primarily controlled via two presynaptic regulatory mechanisms, DA D2 receptor (D2R)-mediated inhibition of DA synthesis and release, and DA transporter (DAT)-mediated DA clearance. D2Rs can physically associate with DAT and regulate DAT function, linking DA release and reuptake to a common mechanism. We have established that the attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder-associated human DAT coding variant Ala559Val (hDAT A559V) results in anomalous DA efflux (ADE) similar to that caused by amphetamine-like psychostimulants. Here, we show that tonic activation of D 2R provides support for hDAT A559V-mediated ADE. We determine in hDAT A559V a pertussis toxin-sensitive, CaMKII-dependent phosphorylation mechanism that supports D2R-driven DA efflux. These studies identify a signaling network downstream of D2R activation, normally constraining DA action at synapses, that may be altered by DAT mutation to impact risk for DA-related disorders. Copyright © 2010 the authors.
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    Author List

  • Bowton E; Saunders C; Erreger K; Sakrikar D; Matthies HJ; Sen N; Jessen T; Colbran RJ; Caron MG; Javitch JA
  • Start Page

  • 6048
  • End Page

  • 6057
  • Volume

  • 30
  • Issue

  • 17