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Activity-dependent and graded BACE1 expression in the olfactory epithelium is mediated by the retinoic acid metabolizing enzyme CYP26B1
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Medicine).
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Molecular Biology (Faculty of Science and Technology).
2015 (English)In: Brain Structure and Function, ISSN 1863-2653, E-ISSN 1863-2661, Vol. 220, no 4, 2143-2157 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is well established that environmental influences play a key role in sculpting neuronal connectivity in the brain. One example is the olfactory sensory map of topographic axonal connectivity. While intrinsic odorant receptor signaling in olfactory sensory neurons (OSN) determines anterior-posterior counter gradients of the axonal guidance receptors Neuropilin-1 and Plexin-A1, little is known about stimulus-dependent gradients of protein expression, which correlates with the functional organization of the olfactory sensory map along its dorsomedial (DM)-ventrolateral (VL) axis. Deficiency of the Alzheimer's β-secretase BACE1, which is expressed in a DM(low)-VL(high) gradient, results in OSN axon targeting errors in a DM > VL and gene dose-dependent manner. We show that expression of BACE1 and the all-trans retinoic acid (RA)-degrading enzyme Cyp26B1 form DM-VL counter gradients in the olfactory epithelium. Analyses of mRNA and protein levels in OSNs after naris occlusion, in mice deficient in the olfactory cyclic nucleotide-gated channel and in relation to onset of respiration, show that BACE1 and Cyp26B1 expression in OSNs inversely depend on neuronal activity. Overexpression of a Cyp26B1 or presence of a dominant negative RA receptor transgene selectively in OSNs, inhibit BACE1 expression while leaving the DM(low)-VL(high) gradient of the axonal guidance protein Neuropilin-2 intact. We conclude that stimulus-dependent neuronal activity can control the expression of the RA catabolic enzyme Cyp26B1 and downstream genes such as BACE1. This result is pertinent to an understanding of the mechanisms by which a topographic pattern of connectivity is achieved and modified as a consequence of graded gene expression and sensory experience.

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Springer, 2015. Vol. 220, no 4, 2143-2157 p.
Keyword [en]
Cyp26B1, BACE1, Retinoic acid, Olfactory sensory map, Gene expression, Development
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89034DOI: 10.1007/s00429-014-0783-zISI: 000356874700018PubMedID: 24797530OAI: diva2:718235
Available from: 2014-05-20 Created: 2014-05-20 Last updated: 2015-07-28Bibliographically approved
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1. Activity-regulated retinoic acid signaling in olfactory sensory neurons
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Activity-regulated retinoic acid signaling in olfactory sensory neurons
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the studies included in the thesis is to better understand the interplay between neuronal activity-dependent gene regulation and the bioactive vitamin A metabolite all-trans-retinoic acid (RA) during postnatal development, refinement and maintenance of precise neuronal connectivity using the olfactory sensory neuron (OSN) in the olfactory epithelium (OE) of genetically modified mice as a model. We show that:

Inhibition of RA receptor (RAR)-mediated transcription in OSNs reduces expression of the olfactory cyclic nucleotide-gated (CNG) ion channel, which is required for odorant receptor (OR)-mediated stimulus transduction. This, results in increased OSN death and errors in precise connectivity. The increased cell death may be a consequence of reduced intrinsic excitability and/or reduced influx of Ca2+ ions while the errors in connectivity may be due to altered OR-dependent expression of axonal guidance proteins, such as Kirrel-2 and Neuropilin-1.

Expression of the RA catabolic enzyme Cyp26B1 in OSNs is positively regulated by RAR-mediated transcription as well as sensory stimulation in a CNG channel-dependent manner. This shows that neuronal activity and local vitamin A metabolism are parts of novel regulatory feedback loop controlling precise connectivity and neuronal survival. The feedback loop may be a form of homeostatic plasticity in response to global changes in neuronal activity.

BACE1, an enzyme is implicated in Alzheimer´s disease, and Cyp26B1 are inversely regulated by CNG channel-dependent sensory stimulation. Cyp26B1 expression is switched on at birth, forms a topographic expression gradient in OE and inhibits BACE1 expression into an inverse counter gradient. Taken together these results reveal a novel neuronal activity-dependent mechanism by which sensory stimuli can shape spatial gene expression via altered RA bioavailability.

Increased Cyp26B1 expression stimulates turnover of OSNs during adult neurogenesis by a non-cell-autonomous mechanism. The gradient of Cyp26B1 expression correlates with spatially-regulated diversification of OSNs into subpopulations that express different subsets of OR genes. Cyp26B1 expression influences spatial OR diversification of OSNs by two different mechanisms. In the ventrolateral OE, Cyp26B1 inhibits OR expression by blocking OSN differentiation at a stage that may be associated with the cell intrinsic mechanism regulating OR gene choice. In the dorsomedial OE the expression frequency of some ORs is unaltered while other increases, presumably as a consequence of neuronal activity-dependent competition. A probable function of graded and activity-dependent Cyp26B1 expression is to form a topographic partitioning of the olfactory sensory map into functional domains, which gradually differ from each other with regard to experience-driven plasticity and neurogenic potential along the dorsomedial-ventrolateral axis of OE.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Umeå: Umeå Universitet, 2014. 55 p.
Umeå University medical dissertations, ISSN 0346-6612 ; 1653
mouse olfactory system, RA, neuronal activity, CNG, Cyp26B1, BACE1, Kirrel-2
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Cell and Molecular Biology
Research subject
Molecular Biology
urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89022 (URN)978-91-7601-064-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-06-12, Major Groove, Department of Molecular Biology, By 6L, Umeå University, Umeå, 10:00 (English)
Available from: 2014-05-22 Created: 2014-05-20 Last updated: 2015-08-10Bibliographically approved

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