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Title: Sex Differences in Nucleus Accumbens Transcriptome Profiles Associated with Susceptibility versus Resilience to Subchronic Variable Stress      
dateReleased:
08-04-2016
description:
Depression and anxiety disorders are more prevalent in females, but the majority of research in animal models, the first step in finding new treatments, has focused predominantly on males. Here we report that exposure to subchronic variable stress (SCVS) induces depression-associated behaviors in female mice, whereas males are resilient as they do not develop these behavioral abnormalities. In concert with these different behavioral responses, transcriptional analysis of nucleus accumbens (NAc), a major brain reward region, by use of RNA sequencing (RNA-seq) revealed markedly different patterns of stress regulation of gene expression between the sexes. Among the genes displaying sex differences was DNA methyltransferase 3a (Dnmt3a), which shows a greater induction in females after SCVS. Interestingly, Dnmt3a expression levels were increased in the NAc of depressed humans, an effect seen in both males and females. Local overexpression of Dnmt3a in NAc rendered male mice more susceptible to SCVS, whereas Dnmt3a knock-out in this region rendered females more resilient, directly implicating this gene in stress responses. Associated with this enhanced resilience of female mice upon NAc knock-out of Dnmt3a was a partial shift of the NAc female transcriptome toward the male pattern after SCVS. These data indicate that males and females undergo different patterns of transcriptional regulation in response to stress and that a DNA methyltransferase in NAc contributes to sex differences in stress vulnerability. mRNA profiles of sex-specific in stress response were generated in the Nucleus Accumbens for 3 female control mice, 3 male control mice, 3 stressed female mice, 3 stressed male mice. Cre-mediated Dnmt3a knock-out was performed on stressed mice, with 3 males and 3 females expressing control GFP and 3 males and 3 females expressing CRE/GFP.
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ID:
E-GEOD-85136
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85136
keywords:
functional genomics
dateModified:
08-05-2016
availability:
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types:
gene expression
name:
Mus musculus
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accessURL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/geo/query/acc.cgi?acc=GSE85136
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abbreviation:
EBI
homePage: http://www.ebi.ac.uk/
ID:
SCR:004727
name:
European Bioinformatics Institute
homePage: https://www.ebi.ac.uk/arrayexpress/
ID:
SCR:002964
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ArrayExpress

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