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Postnatal administration of allopregnanolone modifies glutamate release but not BDNF content in striatum samples of rats prenatally exposed to ethanol.

Yunes R, Estrella CR, García S, Lara HE, Cabrera R - Biomed Res Int (2015)

Bottom Line: Interestingly, this effect was reverted by allopregnanolone.However, both ethanol alone and ethanol plus allopregnanolone treated animals did not show any change regarding control values.Furthermore, the reciprocal interactions found between GABAergic neurosteroids and BDNF could underlie mechanisms operating during the neuronal plasticity of fetal development.

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Affiliation: Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas (INBIOMED-IMBECU-CONICET), Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de Mendoza, Paseo Dr. Emilio Descotte 720, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina ; Área de Farmacología, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Avenidad del Libertador 80, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina.

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Ethanol consumption during pregnancy may induce profound changes in fetal CNS development. We postulate that some of the effects of ethanol on striatal glutamatergic transmission and neurotrophin expression could be modulated by allopregnanolone, a neurosteroid modulator of GABAA receptor activity. We describe the acute pharmacological effect of allopregnanolone (65 μg/kg, s.c.) administered to juvenile male rats (day 21 of age) on the corticostriatal glutamatergic pathway, in both control and prenatally ethanol-exposed rats (two ip injections of 2.9 g/kg in 24% v/v saline solution on gestational day 8). Prenatal ethanol administration decreased the K(+)-induced release of glutamate regarding the control group. Interestingly, this effect was reverted by allopregnanolone. Regarding BDNF, allopregnanolone decreases the content of this neurotrophic factor in the striatum of control groups. However, both ethanol alone and ethanol plus allopregnanolone treated animals did not show any change regarding control values. We suggest that prenatal ethanol exposure may produce an alteration of GABAA receptors which blocks the GABA agonist-like effect of allopregnanolone on rapid glutamate release, thus disturbing normal neural transmission. Furthermore, the reciprocal interactions found between GABAergic neurosteroids and BDNF could underlie mechanisms operating during the neuronal plasticity of fetal development.

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Effect of allopregnanolone (65 ug/kg) on BDNF content in P21 rat striatum. Control (white bars) or prenatal ethanol-exposed (gray bars) male rats were injected with allopregnanolone or vehicle on P21, 2.5 h before the experiment. Results are expressed as mean ± SEM (n = 4-5) (different letters indicate statistically significant differences).
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fig2: Effect of allopregnanolone (65 ug/kg) on BDNF content in P21 rat striatum. Control (white bars) or prenatal ethanol-exposed (gray bars) male rats were injected with allopregnanolone or vehicle on P21, 2.5 h before the experiment. Results are expressed as mean ± SEM (n = 4-5) (different letters indicate statistically significant differences).

Mentions: As an index of neurotrophin participation in the changes of the activity of glutamatergic neurons induced by prenatal ethanol and by allopregnanolone administration, we measured the changes in BDNF protein content in brain tissues that are known to have the receptors for these neurotrophins. Allopregnanolone significantly decreased BDNF levels in striatum of control rats (P < 0.05) but not in ethanol-exposed rats (Figure 2).


Postnatal administration of allopregnanolone modifies glutamate release but not BDNF content in striatum samples of rats prenatally exposed to ethanol.

Yunes R, Estrella CR, García S, Lara HE, Cabrera R - Biomed Res Int (2015)

Effect of allopregnanolone (65 ug/kg) on BDNF content in P21 rat striatum. Control (white bars) or prenatal ethanol-exposed (gray bars) male rats were injected with allopregnanolone or vehicle on P21, 2.5 h before the experiment. Results are expressed as mean ± SEM (n = 4-5) (different letters indicate statistically significant differences).
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fig2: Effect of allopregnanolone (65 ug/kg) on BDNF content in P21 rat striatum. Control (white bars) or prenatal ethanol-exposed (gray bars) male rats were injected with allopregnanolone or vehicle on P21, 2.5 h before the experiment. Results are expressed as mean ± SEM (n = 4-5) (different letters indicate statistically significant differences).
Mentions: As an index of neurotrophin participation in the changes of the activity of glutamatergic neurons induced by prenatal ethanol and by allopregnanolone administration, we measured the changes in BDNF protein content in brain tissues that are known to have the receptors for these neurotrophins. Allopregnanolone significantly decreased BDNF levels in striatum of control rats (P < 0.05) but not in ethanol-exposed rats (Figure 2).

Bottom Line: Interestingly, this effect was reverted by allopregnanolone.However, both ethanol alone and ethanol plus allopregnanolone treated animals did not show any change regarding control values.Furthermore, the reciprocal interactions found between GABAergic neurosteroids and BDNF could underlie mechanisms operating during the neuronal plasticity of fetal development.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Instituto de Investigaciones Biomédicas (INBIOMED-IMBECU-CONICET), Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de Mendoza, Paseo Dr. Emilio Descotte 720, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina ; Área de Farmacología, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Avenidad del Libertador 80, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina.

ABSTRACT
Ethanol consumption during pregnancy may induce profound changes in fetal CNS development. We postulate that some of the effects of ethanol on striatal glutamatergic transmission and neurotrophin expression could be modulated by allopregnanolone, a neurosteroid modulator of GABAA receptor activity. We describe the acute pharmacological effect of allopregnanolone (65 μg/kg, s.c.) administered to juvenile male rats (day 21 of age) on the corticostriatal glutamatergic pathway, in both control and prenatally ethanol-exposed rats (two ip injections of 2.9 g/kg in 24% v/v saline solution on gestational day 8). Prenatal ethanol administration decreased the K(+)-induced release of glutamate regarding the control group. Interestingly, this effect was reverted by allopregnanolone. Regarding BDNF, allopregnanolone decreases the content of this neurotrophic factor in the striatum of control groups. However, both ethanol alone and ethanol plus allopregnanolone treated animals did not show any change regarding control values. We suggest that prenatal ethanol exposure may produce an alteration of GABAA receptors which blocks the GABA agonist-like effect of allopregnanolone on rapid glutamate release, thus disturbing normal neural transmission. Furthermore, the reciprocal interactions found between GABAergic neurosteroids and BDNF could underlie mechanisms operating during the neuronal plasticity of fetal development.

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Related in: MedlinePlus