Research Paper Volume 12, Issue 7 pp 6456—6466
FGF22 promotes generation of ribbon synapses through downregulating MEF2D
- 1 Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Xinhua Hospital, Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200092, China
Received: January 22, 2020 Accepted: March 10, 2020 Published: April 9, 2020https://doi.org/10.18632/aging.103042
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Cochlear ribbon synapses play a pivotal role in the prompt and precise acoustic signal transmission from inner hair cells (IHCs) to the spiral ganglion neurons, while noise and aging can damage ribbon synapses, resulting in sensorineural hearing loss. Recently, we described reduced fibroblast growth factor 22 (FGF22) and augmented myocyte enhancer factor 2D (MEF2D) in an ototoxicity mouse model with impaired ribbon synapses. Here, we investigated the mechanisms that underlie the FGF22/MEF2D- regulated impairment of ribbon synapses. We generated adeno-associated virus (AAV) carrying FGF22, shFGF22, MEF2D, shMEF2D, calcineurin (CalN), shCalN or corresponding scramble controls for transduction of cultured mouse hair cells. We found that FGF22 was a suppressor for MEF2D, but not vice versa. Moreover, FGF22 likely induced increases in the calcium influx into IHCs to activate CalN, which subsequently inhibited MEF2D. Cochlear infusion of AAV-shFGF22 activated MEF2D, reduced ribbon synapse number and impaired hearing function, which were all abolished by co-infusion of AAV-shMEF2D. Hence, our data suggest that the ribbon synapses may be regulated by FGF22/calcium/CalN/MEF2D signaling, which implied novel therapeutic targets for hearing loss.