Neurochemical Research

, Volume 44, Issue 2, pp 323–332 | Cite as

Phosphoglycerate Mutase 1 Promotes Cell Proliferation and Neuroblast Differentiation in the Dentate Gyrus by Facilitating the Phosphorylation of cAMP Response Element-Binding Protein

  • Hyo Young Jung
  • Hyun Jung Kwon
  • Woosuk Kim
  • Sung Min Nam
  • Jong Whi Kim
  • Kyu Ri Hahn
  • Dae Young Yoo
  • Moo-Ho Won
  • Yeo Sung Yoon
  • Dae Won KimEmail author
  • In Koo HwangEmail author
Original Paper


In a previous study, we observed a significant increase in phosphoglycerate mutase 1 (PGAM1) levels after pyridoxine treatment. In the present study, we investigated the effects of PGAM1 on novel object recognition, cell proliferation, and neuroblast differentiation in the dentate gyrus. We generated a Tat-PGAM1 fusion protein to cross the blood–brain barrier and neuronal plasma membrane. We administered the Tat peptide, control-PGAM1, or Tat-PGAM1 fusion protein to 8-week-old mice once a day for 3 weeks and tested novel object recognition memory. The mice were then euthanized to conduct western blot analysis for polyhistidine expression and immunohistochemical analysis for Ki67, doublecortin, and phosphorylated cAMP response element-binding protein. Mice treated with Tat peptide showed similar exploration times for familiar and new objects and the discrimination index was significantly lower in this group than in the control group. Tat-PGAM1 moderately increased the exploration time of new objects when compared to familiar objects, while the discrimination index was significantly higher in the Tat-PGAM1-treated group, but not in the control-PGAM1-treated group, when compared with the control group. Higher PGAM1 protein expression was observed in the hippocampus of Tat-PGAM1-treated mice when compared with the hippocampi of control, Tat peptide-, and control-PGAM1-treated mice, using western blot analysis. In addition, the numbers of proliferating cells and differentiated neuroblasts were significantly lower in the Tat peptide-treated group than in the control group. In contrast, the numbers of proliferating cells and differentiated neuroblasts in the dentate gyrus were higher in the Tat-PGAM1-treated group than in the control group. Administration of Tat-PGAM1 significantly facilitated the phosphorylation of cAMP response element-binding protein in the dentate gyrus. Administration of control-PGAM1 did not show any significant effects on novel object recognition, cell proliferation, and neuroblast differentiation in the dentate gyrus. These results suggest that PGAM1 plays a role in cell proliferation and neuroblast differentiation in the dentate gyrus via the phosphorylation of cAMP response element-binding protein in the hippocampus.


Phosphoglycerate mutase 1 Dentate gyrus Novel object recognition Neurogenesis 



This work was supported by the Promising-Pioneering Researcher Program through Seoul National University (SNU) in 2015 and by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIP) (Nos. NRF-2016R1A2B4009156 and NRF-2018R1A2B6001941). In addition, this study was partially supported by the Research Institute for Veterinary Science of Seoul National University.

Author Contributions

HYJ, HJK, WK, SMN, JWK, KRH, DYY, MHW, YSY, DWK, and IKH conceived the study. HYJ, HJK, DWK, and IKH designed the study and wrote the manuscript. HYJ, WK, JWK, and KRH conducted the animal experiments and HJK and DWK conducted biochemical experiments. SMN, DYY, MHW, and YSY participated in designing and critical discussing the study. All authors have read and approved the final manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, College of Veterinary Medicine, and Research Institute for Veterinary ScienceSeoul National UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Research Institute of Oral Sciences, College of DentistryGangneung-Wonju National UniversityGangneungSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Anatomy, College of Veterinary MedicineKonkuk UniversitySeoulSouth Korea
  4. 4.Department of Anatomy, College of MedicineSoonchunhyang UniversityCheonanSouth Korea
  5. 5.Department of Neurobiology, School of MedicineKangwon National UniversityChuncheonSouth Korea

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