Mutation of the key residue for extraribosomal function of ribosomal protein S19 cause increased grooming behaviors in mice

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Ribosomal protein S19 (RP S19) possesses ribosomal function as RP S19 monomer and extraribosomal function as cross-linked RP S19 oligomers which function as a ligand of the complement 5a (C5a) receptor (CD88). We have generated a Gln137Glu-RP S19 knock-in (KI) mouse, which is shown to possess the weakened extraribosomal function of RP S19. Because whether the extraribosomal function of RP S19 has a role in brain function had been unclear, we performed behavioral analysis on these mice and demonstrated that KI mice displayed an increased grooming behavior during open-field test and elevated plus maze test and an enhanced freezing behavior in contextual fear conditioning test. These results suggest an involvement of RP S19 oligomers in some anxiety-like behavior, especially grooming behavior.


  • Jun Chen
  • Taku Kaitsuka
  • Rika Fujino
  • Kimi Araki
  • Kazuhito Tomizawa
  • Tetsuro Yamamoto
External organisations
  • Kumamoto University
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Neurosciences


  • Anxiety-like behavior, Complement system, Extraribosomal function, Fear memory, Grooming behavior, Ribosomal protein S19
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-226
Number of pages6
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Aug 26
Publication categoryResearch