Molecular laterality encodes stress susceptibility in the medial prefrontal cortex

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Functional lateralization of the prefrontal cortex has been implicated in stress and emotional disorders, yet underlying gene expression changes remains unknown. Here, we report molecular signatures lateralized by chronic social defeats between the two medial prefrontal cortices (mPFCs). Stressed mice show 526 asymmetrically expressed genes between the mPFCs. This cortical asymmetry selectively occurs in stressed mice with depressed social activity, but not in resilient mice with normal behavior. We have isolated highly asymmetric genes including connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), a molecule that modulates wound healing at the periphery. Knockdown of CTGF gene in the right mPFC by shRNA led to a stress-resistant behavioral phenotype. Overexpression of CTGF in the right mPFC using viral transduction induces social avoidance while the left mPFC thereof prevent stress-induced social avoidance. Our study provides a molecular window into the mechanism of stress-induced socioemotional disorders, which can pave the way for new interventions by targeting cortical asymmetry.
Publisher
BMC
Issue Date
2021-06
Language
English
Article Type
Article
Citation

MOLECULAR BRAIN, v.14, no.1

ISSN
1756-6606
DOI
10.1186/s13041-021-00802-w
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10203/286286
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BS-Journal Papers(저널논문)
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