Long term potentiation is impaired in membrane glycoprotein CD200-deficient mice: a role for Toll-like receptor activation

J Biol Chem. 2011 Oct 7;286(40):34722-32. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M111.280826. Epub 2011 Aug 11.


The membrane glycoprotein CD200 is expressed on several cell types, including neurons, whereas expression of its receptor, CD200R, is restricted principally to cells of the myeloid lineage, including microglia. The interaction between CD200 and CD200R maintains microglia and macrophages in a quiescent state; therefore, CD200-deficient mice express an inflammatory phenotype exhibiting increased macrophage or microglial activation in models of arthritis, encephalitis, and uveoretinitis. Here, we report that lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and Pam(3)CysSerLys(4) exerted more profound effects on release of the proinflammatory cytokines, interleukin (IL)-1β, IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNFα), in glia prepared from CD200(-/-) mice compared with wild type mice. This effect is explained by the loss of CD200 on astrocytes, which modulates microglial activation. Expression of Toll-like receptors 4 and 2 (TLR4 and -2) was increased in glia prepared from CD200(-/-) mice, and the evidence indicates that microglial activation, assessed by the increased numbers of CD11b(+) cells that stained positively for both MHCII and CD40, was enhanced in CD200(-/-) mice compared with wild type mice. These neuroinflammatory changes were associated with impaired long term potentiation (LTP) in CA1 of hippocampal slices prepared from CD200(-/-) mice. One possible explanation for this is the increase in TNFα in hippocampal tissue prepared from CD200(-/-) mice because TNFα application inhibited LTP in CA1. Significantly, LPS and Pam(3)CysSerLys(4), at concentrations that did not affect LTP in wild type mice, inhibited LTP in slices prepared from CD200(-/-) mice, probably due to the accompanying increase in TLR2 and TLR4. Thus, the neuroinflammatory changes that result from CD200 deficiency have a negative impact on synaptic plasticity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antigens, CD / metabolism*
  • Hippocampus / metabolism
  • Inflammation
  • Interleukin-1beta / metabolism
  • Lipids / chemistry
  • Lipopolysaccharides / chemistry
  • Long-Term Potentiation*
  • Membrane Glycoproteins / chemistry*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Neuronal Plasticity
  • Phosphorylation
  • Synapses / pathology
  • Toll-Like Receptors / metabolism*


  • Antigens, CD
  • Interleukin-1beta
  • Lipids
  • Lipopolysaccharides
  • Membrane Glycoproteins
  • Toll-Like Receptors
  • antigens, CD200