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Tier III GS37147 • Gene expression change in the nucleus accumbens, following continuous alcohol consumption in alcohol preferring rats.


Differentially expressed in the Nucleus accumbens following 24 hr continuous 9.5g/kg/day alcohol drinking vs. water drinking in alcohol preferring rats. Estimated BAC in the alcohol exposed group was > 85mg%. The 406 significanlty different probe sets represent 374 uniquely named genes, with most gene expression differences in the range of 1.1-1.3 fold.


Chronic EtOH changes









Bell RL, Kimpel MW, McClintick JN, Strother WN, Carr LG, Liang T, Rodd ZA, Mayfield RD, Edenberg HJ, McBride WJ


Gene expression changes in the nucleus accumbens of alcohol-preferring rats following chronic ethanol consumption.


Pharmacology, biochemistry, and behavior Nov 2009, Vol 94, pp. 131-47


The objective of this study was to determine the effects of binge-like alcohol drinking on gene expression changes in the nucleus accumbens (ACB) of alcohol-preferring (P) rats. Adult male P rats were given ethanol under multiple scheduled access (MSA; three 1-h dark cycle sessions/day) conditions for 8 weeks. For comparison purposes, a second ethanol drinking group was given continuous/daily alcohol access (CA; 24h/day). A third group was ethanol-naïve (W group). Average ethanol intakes for the CA and MSA groups were approximately 9.5 and 6.5 g/kg/day, respectively. Fifteen hours after the last drinking episode, rats were euthanized, the brains extracted, and the ACB dissected. RNA was extracted and purified for microarray analysis. The only significant differences were between the CA and W groups (p<0.01; Storey false discovery rate=0.15); there were 374 differences in named genes between these 2 groups. There were 20 significant Gene Ontology (GO) categories, which included negative regulation of protein kinase activity, anti-apoptosis, and regulation of G-protein coupled receptor signaling. Ingenuity analysis indicated a network of transcription factors, involving oncogenes (Fos, Jun, Junb had higher expression in the ACB of the CA group), suggesting increased neuronal activity. There were 43 genes located within rat QTLs for alcohol consumption and preference; 4 of these genes (Tgfa, Hspa5, Mtus1 and Creb3l2) are involved in anti-apoptosis and increased transcription, suggesting that they may be contributing to cellular protection and maintaining high alcohol intakes. Overall, these findings suggest that chronic CA drinking results in genomic changes that can be observed during the early acute phase of ethanol withdrawal. Conversely, chronic MSA drinking, with its associated protracted withdrawal periods, results in genomic changes that may be masked by tight regulation of these genes following repeated experiences of ethanol withdrawal. PUBMED: 19666046
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Annotation Information

Social Control, Formal (D012926)
Gene Expression Regulation (D005786)
Self Administration (D012646)
Drinking (D004326)
Animals (D000818)
Food Preferences (D005518)
Databases, Genetic (D030541)
Behavior, Animal (D001522)
Alcohol Drinking (D000428)
Microarray Analysis (D046228)
Central Nervous System Depressants (D002492)
Overall (D016424)
Oncogenes (D009857)
Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (D020133)
Nucleus Accumbens (D009714)
Oligonucleotide Array Sequence Analysis (D020411)
Transcription Factors (D014157)
Protein Kinases (D011494)
Phosphotransferases (D010770)
GTP-Binding Proteins (D019204)
Image Processing, Computer-Assisted (D007091)
Ethanol (D000431)
kinase activity (GO:0016301)
regulation of protein kinase activity (GO:0045859)
negative regulation of protein kinase activity (GO:0006469)
protein kinase activity (GO:0004672)
negative regulation of apoptosis (GO:0043066)
gene expression (GO:0010467)
signaling (GO:0023052)

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