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ASIC1A in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis mediates TMT-evoked freezing.

Taugher RJ, Ghobbeh A, Sowers LP, Fan R, Wemmie JA - Front Neurosci (2015)

Bottom Line: Consistent with this possibility, olfactory bulb lesions attenuated this effect of TMT, as well as freezing.However, unlike TMT, butyric acid did not induce freezing.We found region-restricted expression of ASIC1A in the BNST increased TMT-elicited freezing.

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Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa Iowa City, IA, USA ; Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Iowa City, IA, USA.

ABSTRACT
Mice display an unconditioned freezing response to TMT, a predator odor isolated from fox feces. Here we found that in addition to freezing, TMT caused mice to decrease breathing rate, perhaps because of the aversive smell. Consistent with this possibility, olfactory bulb lesions attenuated this effect of TMT, as well as freezing. Interestingly, butyric acid, another foul odor, also caused mice to reduce breathing rate. However, unlike TMT, butyric acid did not induce freezing. Thus, although these aversive odors may affect breathing, the unpleasant smell and suppression of breathing by themselves are insufficient to cause freezing. Because the acid-sensing ion channel-1A (ASIC1A) has been previously implicated in TMT-evoked freezing, we tested whether Asic1a disruption also altered breathing. We found that TMT reduced breathing rate in both Asic1a(+/+) and Asic1a(-/-) mice, suggesting that ASIC1A is not required for TMT to inhibit breathing and that the absence of TMT-evoked freezing in the Asic1a(-/-) mice is not due to an inability to detect TMT. These observations further indicate that ASIC1A must affect TMT freezing in another way. Because the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) has been critically implicated in TMT-evoked freezing and robustly expresses ASIC1A, we tested whether ASIC1A in the BNST plays a role in TMT-evoked freezing. We disrupted ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a(loxP/loxP) mice by delivering Cre recombinase to the BNST with an adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector. We found that disrupting ASIC1A in the BNST reduced TMT-evoked freezing relative to control mice in which a virus expressing eGFP was injected. To test whether ASIC1A in the BNST was sufficient to increase TMT-evoked freezing, we used another AAV vector to express ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a(-/-) mice. We found region-restricted expression of ASIC1A in the BNST increased TMT-elicited freezing. Together, these data suggest that the BNST is a key site of ASIC1A action in TMT-evoked freezing.

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Expression of ASIC1A in the BNST increases TMT-evoked freezing in Asic1a−/− mice. (A) ASIC1A immunohistochemistry showing localized expression of ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a−/− mice injected with AAV-ASIC1A. For reference, the lateral ventricle (lv) and anterior commissure (ac) are labeled and a mirror image atlas schematic of the corresponding coronal section (Paxinos and Franklin, 2001) is shown. (B) Expression of AAV-ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a−/− mice increased TMT-evoked freezing [t(12) = 2.249, *p = 0.0441, AAV-eGFP n = 5, AAV-ASIC1A n = 9].
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Figure 4: Expression of ASIC1A in the BNST increases TMT-evoked freezing in Asic1a−/− mice. (A) ASIC1A immunohistochemistry showing localized expression of ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a−/− mice injected with AAV-ASIC1A. For reference, the lateral ventricle (lv) and anterior commissure (ac) are labeled and a mirror image atlas schematic of the corresponding coronal section (Paxinos and Franklin, 2001) is shown. (B) Expression of AAV-ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a−/− mice increased TMT-evoked freezing [t(12) = 2.249, *p = 0.0441, AAV-eGFP n = 5, AAV-ASIC1A n = 9].

Mentions: Because the previous data suggest that ASIC1A in the BNST is required for intact TMT-evoked freezing, we sought to test whether it might also be sufficient to increase TMT-evoked freezing in Asic1a−/− mice. To test this, we used an AAV to specifically express ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a−/− mice. Consistent with our previous observations (Taugher et al., 2014), we found that AAV-ASIC1A produced ASIC1A expression in both dorsal and ventral portions of the BNST (Figure 4A). Moreover, AAV-ASIC injected Asic1a−/− mice froze more to TMT than their AAV-eGFP injected counterparts (Figure 4B), suggesting that region-restricted expression of ASIC1A in the BNST is sufficient to augment TMT-evoked freezing.


ASIC1A in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis mediates TMT-evoked freezing.

Taugher RJ, Ghobbeh A, Sowers LP, Fan R, Wemmie JA - Front Neurosci (2015)

Expression of ASIC1A in the BNST increases TMT-evoked freezing in Asic1a−/− mice. (A) ASIC1A immunohistochemistry showing localized expression of ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a−/− mice injected with AAV-ASIC1A. For reference, the lateral ventricle (lv) and anterior commissure (ac) are labeled and a mirror image atlas schematic of the corresponding coronal section (Paxinos and Franklin, 2001) is shown. (B) Expression of AAV-ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a−/− mice increased TMT-evoked freezing [t(12) = 2.249, *p = 0.0441, AAV-eGFP n = 5, AAV-ASIC1A n = 9].
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Figure 4: Expression of ASIC1A in the BNST increases TMT-evoked freezing in Asic1a−/− mice. (A) ASIC1A immunohistochemistry showing localized expression of ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a−/− mice injected with AAV-ASIC1A. For reference, the lateral ventricle (lv) and anterior commissure (ac) are labeled and a mirror image atlas schematic of the corresponding coronal section (Paxinos and Franklin, 2001) is shown. (B) Expression of AAV-ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a−/− mice increased TMT-evoked freezing [t(12) = 2.249, *p = 0.0441, AAV-eGFP n = 5, AAV-ASIC1A n = 9].
Mentions: Because the previous data suggest that ASIC1A in the BNST is required for intact TMT-evoked freezing, we sought to test whether it might also be sufficient to increase TMT-evoked freezing in Asic1a−/− mice. To test this, we used an AAV to specifically express ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a−/− mice. Consistent with our previous observations (Taugher et al., 2014), we found that AAV-ASIC1A produced ASIC1A expression in both dorsal and ventral portions of the BNST (Figure 4A). Moreover, AAV-ASIC injected Asic1a−/− mice froze more to TMT than their AAV-eGFP injected counterparts (Figure 4B), suggesting that region-restricted expression of ASIC1A in the BNST is sufficient to augment TMT-evoked freezing.

Bottom Line: Consistent with this possibility, olfactory bulb lesions attenuated this effect of TMT, as well as freezing.However, unlike TMT, butyric acid did not induce freezing.We found region-restricted expression of ASIC1A in the BNST increased TMT-elicited freezing.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry, University of Iowa Iowa City, IA, USA ; Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Iowa City, IA, USA.

ABSTRACT
Mice display an unconditioned freezing response to TMT, a predator odor isolated from fox feces. Here we found that in addition to freezing, TMT caused mice to decrease breathing rate, perhaps because of the aversive smell. Consistent with this possibility, olfactory bulb lesions attenuated this effect of TMT, as well as freezing. Interestingly, butyric acid, another foul odor, also caused mice to reduce breathing rate. However, unlike TMT, butyric acid did not induce freezing. Thus, although these aversive odors may affect breathing, the unpleasant smell and suppression of breathing by themselves are insufficient to cause freezing. Because the acid-sensing ion channel-1A (ASIC1A) has been previously implicated in TMT-evoked freezing, we tested whether Asic1a disruption also altered breathing. We found that TMT reduced breathing rate in both Asic1a(+/+) and Asic1a(-/-) mice, suggesting that ASIC1A is not required for TMT to inhibit breathing and that the absence of TMT-evoked freezing in the Asic1a(-/-) mice is not due to an inability to detect TMT. These observations further indicate that ASIC1A must affect TMT freezing in another way. Because the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BNST) has been critically implicated in TMT-evoked freezing and robustly expresses ASIC1A, we tested whether ASIC1A in the BNST plays a role in TMT-evoked freezing. We disrupted ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a(loxP/loxP) mice by delivering Cre recombinase to the BNST with an adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector. We found that disrupting ASIC1A in the BNST reduced TMT-evoked freezing relative to control mice in which a virus expressing eGFP was injected. To test whether ASIC1A in the BNST was sufficient to increase TMT-evoked freezing, we used another AAV vector to express ASIC1A in the BNST of Asic1a(-/-) mice. We found region-restricted expression of ASIC1A in the BNST increased TMT-elicited freezing. Together, these data suggest that the BNST is a key site of ASIC1A action in TMT-evoked freezing.

No MeSH data available.


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