Dlgap1 knockout mice exhibit alterations of the postsynaptic density and selective reductions in sociability

Sci Rep. 2018 Feb 2;8(1):2281. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-20610-y.


The scaffold protein DLGAP1 is localized at the post-synaptic density (PSD) of glutamatergic neurons and is a component of supramolecular protein complexes organized by PSD95. Gain-of-function variants of DLGAP1 have been associated with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), while haploinsufficient variants have been linked to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and schizophrenia in human genetic studies. We tested male and female Dlgap1 wild type (WT), heterozygous (HT), and knockout (KO) mice in a battery of behavioral tests: open field, dig, splash, prepulse inhibition, forced swim, nest building, social approach, and sucrose preference. We also used biochemical approaches to examine the role of DLGAP1 in the organization of PSD protein complexes. Dlgap1 KO mice were most notable for disruption of protein interactions in the PSD, and deficits in sociability. Other behavioral measures were largely unaffected. Our data suggest that Dlgap1 knockout leads to PSD disruption and reduced sociability, consistent with reports of DLGAP1 haploinsufficient variants in schizophrenia and ASD.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Behavior, Animal
  • Female
  • Male
  • Mice, Knockout*
  • Neurons / pathology*
  • Post-Synaptic Density / pathology*
  • Protein Binding
  • SAP90-PSD95 Associated Proteins / deficiency*
  • Social Behavior*


  • Dlgap1 protein, mouse
  • SAP90-PSD95 Associated Proteins