A presynaptic phosphosignaling hub for lasting homeostatic plasticity

Cell Rep. 2022 Apr 19;39(3):110696. doi: 10.1016/j.celrep.2022.110696.


Stable function of networks requires that synapses adapt their strength to levels of neuronal activity, and failure to do so results in cognitive disorders. How such homeostatic regulation may be implemented in mammalian synapses remains poorly understood. Here we show that the phosphorylation status of several positions of the active-zone (AZ) protein RIM1 are relevant for synaptic glutamate release. Position RIMS1045 is necessary and sufficient for expression of silencing-induced homeostatic plasticity and is kept phosphorylated by serine arginine protein kinase 2 (SRPK2). SRPK2-induced upscaling of synaptic release leads to additional RIM1 nanoclusters and docked vesicles at the AZ and is not observed in the absence of RIM1 and occluded by RIMS1045E. Our data suggest that SRPK2 and RIM1 represent a presynaptic phosphosignaling hub that is involved in the homeostatic balance of synaptic coupling of neuronal networks.

Keywords: CP: Neuroscience; KinSwing; RIM1; SRSF protein kinase 2; active zone; homeostatic plasticity; phosphoproteomics; phosphorylation; presynaptic plasticity; synaptic transmission; vesicle release.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • GTP-Binding Proteins / metabolism
  • Homeostasis / physiology
  • Mammals / metabolism
  • Neuronal Plasticity / physiology
  • Presynaptic Terminals / metabolism
  • Synapses / metabolism
  • Synaptic Transmission* / physiology
  • Synaptic Vesicles* / metabolism


  • GTP-Binding Proteins