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    Keywords: RECEPTOR ; EXPRESSION ; IN-VITRO ; Germany ; IN-VIVO ; VITRO ; VIVO ; PROTEIN ; MICE ; MESSENGER-RNA ; PROMOTERS ; REGION ; GENOTYPES ; RAT-BRAIN ; MICE LACKING ; FACTOR GENE ; PACAP ; VIP ; pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP),PACAP-type-l-receptor,brain-derived neuro
    Abstract: In vitro pituitary adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide (PACAP) induces the expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) via its specific receptor PAC1. Since BDNF has been implicated in learning paradigms and mice lacking functional PAC1 have deficits in hippocampus-dependent associative learning, we investigated whether PAC1 mutants show alterations in hippocampal expression of BDNF and its receptor TrkB. Semi-quantitative in situ-hybridization using exon-specific BDNF-probes revealed significantly reduced expression of the exon-III and exon-V-specific transcripts within the hippocampal CA3 region in PAC1-deficient mice. A similar trend was observed for the exon-I-specific transcript. The expression of the exon-III-specific transcript was also reduced within the dentate gyrus, while Trk B-expression did not differ between genotypes. Our data demonstrate that even in vivo PAC1-mediated signaling seems to play a pivotal role for the transcriptional regulation of BDNF. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15082190
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    Keywords: brain ; RECEPTOR ; EXPRESSION ; Germany ; MODEL ; MODELS ; SYSTEM ; EXPOSURE ; GENE ; PROTEIN ; MICE ; PATIENT ; MECHANISM ; MESSENGER-RNA ; RECEPTOR EXPRESSION ; chromosome ; MOUSE ; TRANSGENIC MICE ; hormone ; YEAST ; STRESS ; PATHOGENESIS ; DNA-BINDING ; Jun ; glucocorticoid receptor ; sensitivity ; BEHAVIOR ; OVEREXPRESSION ; GLUCOCORTICOID-RECEPTOR ; signaling ; molecular ; regulation ; KNOCKOUT MICE ; NEUROTROPHIC FACTOR ; FOREBRAIN ; RAT HIPPOCAMPUS ; depression ; DEXAMETHASONE-CRH TEST ; helplessness
    Abstract: Altered glucocorticoid receptor (GR) signaling is a postulated mechanism for the pathogenesis of major depression. To mimic the human situation of altered GR function claimed for depression, we generated mouse strains that underexpress or overexpress GR, but maintain the regulatory genetic context controlling the GR gene. To achieve this goal, we used the following: (1) GR-heterozygous mutant mice (GR(+/-)) with a 50% GRgene dose reduction, and (2) mice overexpressingGR by a yeast artificial chromosome resulting in a twofold gene dose elevation. GR(+/-) mice exhibit normal baseline behaviors but demonstrate increased helplessness after stress exposure, a behavioral correlate of depression in mice. Similar to depressed patients, GR(+/-) mice have a disinhibited hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) system and a pathological dexamethasone/corticotropin-releasing hormone test. Thus, they represent a murine depression model with good face and construct validity. Overexpression of GR in mice evokes reduced helplessness after stress exposure, and an enhanced HPA system feedback regulation. Therefore, they may represent a model for a stress-resistant strain. These mouse models can now be used to study biological changes underlying the pathogenesis of depressive disorders. As a first potential molecular correlate for such changes, we identified a downregulation of BDNF protein content in the hippocampus of GR+/- mice, which is in agreement with the so-called neurotrophin hypothesis of depression
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 15987954
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