The LGI1-ADAM22 protein complex in synaptic transmission and synaptic disorders

Neurosci Res. 2017 Mar;116:39-45. doi: 10.1016/j.neures.2016.09.011. Epub 2016 Oct 4.


Physiological functioning of the brain requires fine-tuned synaptic transmission, and its dysfunction causes various brain disorders such as autism, dementia, and epilepsy. It is therefore extremely important to identify and characterize key regulators of synaptic function. In particular, disease-related synaptic proteins, such as autism-related neurexin-neuroligin and psychiatric disorder-related NMDA receptor, have attracted considerable attention. Recent basic and clinical research has highlighted critical roles of a ligand-receptor complex, LGI1-ADAM22, in synaptic transmission and brain function, as mutations in the LGI1 gene cause autosomal dominant lateral temporal lobe epilepsy and autoantibodies to LGI1 cause limbic encephalitis which is characterized by memory loss and seizures. Here, we will review our current knowledge about LGI1 and ADAM22, and discuss their patho-physiological roles in synaptic transmission and synaptic disorders.

Keywords: ADAM22; AMPA receptor; Epilepsy; LGI1; Limbic encephalitis; Synapse.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • ADAM Proteins / genetics
  • ADAM Proteins / metabolism*
  • Animals
  • Autoimmune Diseases / immunology
  • Autoimmune Diseases / metabolism
  • Brain / metabolism
  • Brain Diseases / metabolism*
  • Brain Diseases / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • Mice
  • Mutation
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / genetics
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / metabolism*
  • Proteins / genetics
  • Proteins / immunology
  • Proteins / metabolism*
  • Synaptic Transmission*


  • Intracellular Signaling Peptides and Proteins
  • LGI1 protein, human
  • Lgi1 protein, mouse
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Proteins
  • ADAM Proteins
  • ADAM22 protein, human
  • Adam22 protein, mouse