Early-life blockade of the 5-HT transporter alters emotional behavior in adult mice

Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY 10032, USA.
Science (Impact Factor: 33.61). 10/2004; 306(5697):879-81. DOI: 10.1126/science.1101678
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Reduced serotonin transporter (5-HTT) expression is associated with abnormal affective and anxiety-like symptoms in humans and rodents, but the mechanism of this effect is unknown. Transient inhibition of 5-HTT during early development with fluoxetine, a commonly used serotonin selective reuptake inhibitor, produced abnormal emotional behaviors in adult mice. This effect mimicked the behavioral phenotype of mice genetically deficient in 5-HTT expression. These findings indicate a critical role of serotonin in the maturation of brain systems that modulate emotional function in the adult and suggest a developmental mechanism to explain how low-expressing 5-HTT promoter alleles increase vulnerability to psychiatric disorders.

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    • "The 5-HTT KO mouse has anxiety-like [65] and lessconsistently depression-like behaviors [66,67], while rodents treated with fluoxetine during adulthood show behavioral sensitization to amphetamine and ethanol [68] [69]. It is possible that reduced brain ARA metabolism on neuroimaging and downregulation of the CYP4A pathway producing 20- HETE contributes to reported depressive-like [16–19,70–72] and anxiety-like behaviors [16] [20] in adult mice given fluoxetine postnatally. These long-term quasi-permanent effects of transient postnatal fluoxetine suggest epigenetic or other neuroplastic mechanisms, since 5-HT and its metabolites are absent from brain at the time of measurement [73] and epigenetic changes associated with SSRI administration to neonatal or adult rats have been reported [74] [75] [76]. "
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    ABSTRACT: Transient postnatal exposure of rodents to the selective serotonin (5-HT) reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine alters behavior and brain 5-HT neurotransmission during adulthood, and also reduces brain arachidonic (ARA) metabolic consumption and protein level of the ARA metabolizing enzyme, cytochrome P4504A (CYP4A). Brain 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE), converted by CYP4A from ARA, will be reduced in adult mice treated transiently and postnatally with fluoxetine. Male mice pups were injected i.p. daily with fluoxetine (10mg/kg) or saline during P4-P21. At P90 their brain was high-energy microwaved and analyzed for 20-HETE and six other ARA metabolites by enzyme immunoassay. Postnatal fluoxetine vs. saline significantly decreased brain concentrations of 20-HETE (-70.3%) and 15-epi-lipoxin A4 (-60%) in adult mice, but did not change other eicosanoid concentrations. Behavioral changes in adult mice treated postnatally with fluoxetine may be related to reduced brain ARA metabolism involving CYP4A and 20-HETE formation. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
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    • "See also Figure S8. Neuron 86, 1–14, May 6, 2015 ª2015 Elsevier Inc. 9 Please cite this article in press as: Nautiyal et al., Distinct Circuits Underlie the Effects of 5-HT1B Receptors on Aggression and Impulsivity, Neuron (2015), adult phenotypes related to psychiatric disorders, including anxiety , depression, aggression, and antisocial personality disorder (Ansorge et al., 2004; Caspi et al., 2002, 2003; Dodge et al., 1990; Richardson-Jones et al., 2011). Aggressive behavior has been linked to developmental alterations in monoamine levels through disruptions in monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) activity. "
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    • "Rodent studies show that pharmacological or genetic manipulation of the developing 5-HT system produces lifelong behavioral alterations (Maciag et al., 2006a; Ansorge et al., 2008; Noorlander et al., 2008; Popa et al., 2008). For example, early-life exposure to tricyclic antidepressants or different types of SSRIs produces adult behavioral abnormalities that resemble human depression, including increased Forced Swim Test (FST) immobility, enhanced anxiety-like behavior, anhedonia , perturbed sleep, and diminished sexual performance (Mirmiqran et al., 1981; Hilakivi and Hilakivi, 1987; Vogel et al., 1990; Velazquez-Moctezuma and Diaz Ruiz, 1992; Hansen et al., 1997; Ansorge et al., 2004, 2008; Maciag et al., 2006a; Hartley et al., 2008; Popa et al., 2008; Simpson et al., 2011). Importantly, these behavioral effects are reasonably consistent across several studies, regardless of the specific SSRI or tricyclic antidepressant used. "
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