Stress, Depression, Serotonin, and Plasticity of Excitatory Transmission

Summary

Principal Investigator: Scott M Thompson
Abstract: DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Serotonin signaling is a primary target of antidepressant medication, and may be dysregulated in psychiatric diseases. Serotonergic afferents and serotonin 5-HT1B receptors to the hippocampus are concentrated in stratum lacunosum-moleculare (SLM), where glutamatergic synaptic input from the entorhinal cortex, the temporo-ammonic (TA) pathway, also terminates. The TA pathway provides the only direct input to CA1 pyramidal neurons from the cortex and is thus a main source of sensory information. OBJECTIVE: to determine how 5-HT1B receptors regulate TA-CA1 synaptic transmission and determine how these processes are dysregulated in depression and restored by chronic antidepressant treatment. PRELIMINARY RESULTS: activation of 5-HT1B receptors potentiates excitatory postsynaptic potentials (field EPSPs and EPSPs) elicited by TA stimulation in CA1 SLM, but not by Schaffer collateral stimulation. The potentiation is mediated by increased postsynaptic AMPA receptor mediated transmission and accompanied by phosphorylation of the AMPA receptor GluR1 at the PKC/CaMKII Ser831 site. The effects of 5-HT1B receptor activation on TA-CA1 synaptic transmission are enhanced in rats subjected to chronic unpredictable stress (CUS), an accepted animal model of depression, and blocked by chronic antidepressant treatment. SPECIFIC AIMS: 1. Test whether 5-HT1B receptor-induced potentiation and activity-dependent synaptic plasticity share common signaling mechanisms that lead to AMPA receptor insertion at TA-CA1 synapses. 2. Determine how potentiation of TA-CA1 synaptic transmission by 5-HT1B receptors is enhanced after chronic unpredictable stress. 3. Determine why potentiation of TA-CA1 synaptic transmission by 5-HT1B receptors is absent after chronic antidepressant treatment. 4. Test whether chronic antidepressant treatment can reverse a behavioral sign of depression, anhedonia, when 5-HT1B receptors are blocked pharmacologically or when serotonin-induced potentiation is absent in GluR1 S831A transgenic mice. RESEARCH DESIGN: we will combine electrophysiological techniques, including glutamate photolysis, with cell biological techniques such as transfection with constitutively active and dominant negative constructs, western blotting, and biotinylation assays, to investigate the actions of 5-HT1B receptors in hippocampal slices taken from control animals and animals subjected to CUS and chronic antidepressant treatment. OUTCOMES: The proposed project will expand our understanding of the physiological actions of serotonin and determine whether depression results, in part, from a dysregulation of the strength of excitatory synaptic transmission in multiple brain regions involved in cognitive and emotional function. A better understanding of serotonin actions and their alteration by stress will lead to improved antidepressant treatment strategies. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Depression and other forms of mental illness are treated with drugs that act on a specific communication system in the brain that uses the substance serotonin. The normal function of this system is not well understood. Our experiments are designed to better understand the role played by this system in information processing in the healthy brain and how it may malfunction in mental illness.
Funding Period: 2010-05-15 - 2015-01-31
more information: NIH RePORT

Top Publications

  1. pmc Chronic stress induces a selective decrease in AMPA receptor-mediated synaptic excitation at hippocampal temporoammonic-CA1 synapses
    Angy J Kallarackal
    Department of Physiology, Department of Psychiatry, Programs in Neuroscience and Membrane Biology, Medical Scientist Training Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, and Department of Psychology, Saint Mary s College of Maryland, St Mary s City, Maryland 20686
    J Neurosci 33:15669-74. 2013
  2. pmc The role of glutamate in the morphological and physiological development of dendritic spines
    HAYLEY A MATTISON
    Department of Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 655 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD, 21201, USA Membrane Biology Training Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
    Eur J Neurosci 39:1761-70. 2014

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Publications2

  1. pmc Chronic stress induces a selective decrease in AMPA receptor-mediated synaptic excitation at hippocampal temporoammonic-CA1 synapses
    Angy J Kallarackal
    Department of Physiology, Department of Psychiatry, Programs in Neuroscience and Membrane Biology, Medical Scientist Training Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21201, and Department of Psychology, Saint Mary s College of Maryland, St Mary s City, Maryland 20686
    J Neurosci 33:15669-74. 2013
    ..Our findings suggest novel therapeutic targets for this debilitating disease. ..
  2. pmc The role of glutamate in the morphological and physiological development of dendritic spines
    HAYLEY A MATTISON
    Department of Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 655 W Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD, 21201, USA Membrane Biology Training Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
    Eur J Neurosci 39:1761-70. 2014
    ..Our observations thus favor a model in which filopodia in the developing nervous system sense and respond to release of glutamate from developing axons, resulting in physiological and morphological maturation. ..

Research Grants30

  1. TULANE NATIONAL PRIMATE RESEARCH CENTER
    L Lee Hamm; Fiscal Year: 2013
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  2. Group I Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors and Epileptogenesis
    Paul A Rutecki; Fiscal Year: 2013
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  3. Regulation of synaptic transmission by retinoic acid signaling
    Lu Chen; Fiscal Year: 2013
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  4. Mechanisms of CaM Kinase II Signal Transduction
    Roger J Colbran; Fiscal Year: 2013
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  5. CELLULAR SUBSTRATES OF CEREBELLAR INFORMATION STORAGE
    David J Linden; Fiscal Year: 2013
    ..To extend analysis of meta-plastic effects, we shall assess the interaction of LTD(mGluR1) with short-term retrograde modulation of glutamate release that uses mGluR1-driven endocannabinoid signaling. ..
  6. Role of mTOR and Synaptogenesis in the Actions of Rapid-Acting Antidepressants
    Ronald S Duman; Fiscal Year: 2013
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  7. Regulation of Metabotropic glutamate Receptor Signaling by Caveolar Rafts
    Anna Francesconi; Fiscal Year: 2013
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