DCC Confers Susceptibility to Depression-like Behaviors in Humans and Mice and Is Regulated by miR-218.
|Title||DCC Confers Susceptibility to Depression-like Behaviors in Humans and Mice and Is Regulated by miR-218.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Authors||Torres-Berrío A, Lopez JPablo, Bagot RC, Nouel D, Dal Bo G, Cuesta S, Zhu L, Manitt C, Eng C, Cooper HM, Storch K-F, Turecki G, Nestler EJ, Flores C|
|Date Published||2017 Feb 15|
BACKGROUD: Variations in the expression of the Netrin-1 guidance cue receptor DCC (deleted in colorectal cancer) appear to confer resilience or susceptibility to psychopathologies involving prefrontal cortex (PFC) dysfunction.METHODS: With the use of postmortem brain tissue, mouse models of defeat stress, and in vitro analysis, we assessed microRNA (miRNA) regulation of DCC and whether changes in DCC levels in the PFC lead to vulnerability to depression-like behaviors.RESULTS: We identified miR-218 as a posttranscriptional repressor of DCC and detected coexpression of DCC and miR-218 in pyramidal neurons of human and mouse PFC. We found that exaggerated expression of DCC and reduced levels of miR-218 in the PFC are consistent traits of mice susceptible to chronic stress and of major depressive disorder in humans. Remarkably, upregulation of Dcc in mouse PFC pyramidal neurons causes vulnerability to stress-induced social avoidance and anhedonia.CONCLUSIONS: These data are the first demonstration of microRNA regulation of DCC and suggest that, by regulating DCC, miR-218 may be a switch of susceptibility versus resilience to stress-related disorders.
|Alternate Journal||Biol. Psychiatry|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC5239724|
|Grant List||P50 MH096890 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States |
R01 DA037911 / DA / NIDA NIH HHS / United States