Dynamin 1 isoform roles in a mouse model of severe childhood epileptic encephalopathy

Neurobiol Dis. 2016 Nov:95:1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.nbd.2016.06.014. Epub 2016 Jun 28.


Dynamin 1 is a large neuron-specific GTPase involved in the endocytosis and recycling of pre-synaptic membranes and synaptic vesicles. Mutations in the gene encoding dynamin 1 (DNM1) underlie two epileptic encephalopathy syndromes, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Infantile Spasms. Mice homozygous for the Dnm1 "fitful" mutation, a non-synonymous coding variant in an alternatively spliced exon of Dnm1 (exon 10a; isoform designation: Dnm1a(Ftfl)) have an epileptic encephalopathy-like disorder including lethal early onset seizures, locomotor and neurosensory deficits. Although fitful heterozygotes have milder recurrent seizures later in life, suggesting an additive or semi-dominant mechanism, the molecular etiology must also consider the fact that Dnm1a(Ftfl) exerts a dominant negative effect on endocytosis in vitro. Another complication is that the fitful mutation induces alterations in the relative abundance of Dnm1 splice variants; mutants have a downregulation of Dnm1a and an upregulation of Dnm1b, changes which may contribute to the epileptic pathology. To examine whether Dnm1a loss of function, Dnm1a(Ftfl) dominance or compensation by Dnm1b is the most critical for severe seizures, we studied alternate isoform-specific mutant mice. Mice lacking Dnm1 exon 10a or Dnm1 exon 10b have neither spontaneous seizures nor other overt abnormalities, suggesting that in normal conditions the major role of each isoform is redundant. However, in the presence of Dnm1a(Ftfl) only exon 10a deleted mice experience severe seizures. These results reveal functional differences between Dnm1a and Dnm1b isoforms in the presence of a challenge, i.e. toxic Dnm1(Ftfl), while reinforcing its effect explicitly in this model of severe pediatric epilepsy.

Keywords: Alternative isoform; Dynamin; Endocytosis; Epilepsy; Fitful; Seizure.

MeSH terms

  • Alternative Splicing / genetics
  • Animals
  • Brain Diseases / etiology
  • Brain Diseases / genetics*
  • Brain Diseases / physiopathology
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Dynamin I / genetics*
  • Dynamin I / metabolism
  • Electroencephalography / methods
  • Epilepsy / complications
  • Epilepsy / genetics*
  • Epilepsy / physiopathology
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Mutation / genetics*
  • Neurons / metabolism
  • Protein Isoforms / genetics*
  • Synaptic Transmission / genetics
  • Synaptic Vesicles / metabolism


  • Protein Isoforms
  • Dynamin I