Cluster of Excellence –
University of Freiburg

FOXG1 regulates PRKAR2B transcriptionally and posttranscriptionally via miR200 in the adult hippocampus

Weise SC, Arumugam G, Villarreal A, Videm P, Heidrich S, Nebel N, Dumit VI, Sananbenesi F, Reimann V, Craske M, Schilling O, Hess WR, Fischer A, Backofen R, Vogel T.

Mol Neurobiol. 2018 Dec 11. [Epub ahead of print]

Mol Neurobiol.             online article

Rett syndrome is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder that is mainly caused by mutations in MECP2. However, mutations in FOXG1 cause a less frequent form of atypical Rett syndrome, called FOXG1 syndrome. FOXG1 is a key transcription factor crucial for forebrain development, where it maintains the balance between progenitor proliferation and neuronal differentiation. Using genome-wide small RNA sequencing and quantitative proteomics, we identified that FOXG1 affects the biogenesis of miR200b/a/429 and interacts with the ATP-dependent RNA helicase, DDX5/p68. Both FOXG1 and DDX5 associate with the microprocessor complex, whereby DDX5 recruits FOXG1 to DROSHA. RNA-Seq analyses of Foxg1cre/+ hippocampi and N2a cells overexpressing miR200 family members identified cAMP-dependent protein kinase type II-beta regulatory subunit (PRKAR2B) as a target of miR200 in neural cells. PRKAR2B inhibits postsynaptic functions by attenuating protein kinase A (PKA) activity; thus, increased PRKAR2B levels may contribute to neuronal dysfunctions in FOXG1 syndrome. Our data suggest that FOXG1 regulates PRKAR2B expression both on transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels.