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Selective boosting of transcriptional and behavioral responses to drugs of abuse by histone deacetylase inhibition

Organism Icon Mus musculus
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Technology Badge Icon Affymetrix Mouse Gene 1.0 ST Array (mogene10st)

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Histone acetylation and other modifications of the chromatin are important regulators of gene expression and, consequently, may contribute to drug-induced behaviors and neuroplasticity. Previous studies have shown that a reduction on histone deacetylase (HDAC) activity results on the enhancement of some psychostimulant-induced behaviors. In the present study, we extend those seminal findings by showing that the administration of the HDAC inhibitor sodium butyrate enhances morphine-induced locomotor sensitization and conditioned place preference. In contrast, this compound has no effects on the development of morphine tolerance and dependence. Similar effects were observed for cocaine and ethanol-induced behaviors. These behavioral changes were accompanied by a selective boosting of a component of the transcriptional program activated by chronic morphine administration that included circadian clock genes and other genes relevant in addictive behavior. Our results support an specific role for histone acetylation and the epigenetic modulation of transcription at a reduced number of biologically relevant loci on non-homeostatic, long lasting, drug-induced behavioral plasticity. To further investigate the molecular bases of sodium butyrate action on long-lasting behavioral responses to morphine, we screened for potential substrates of their interaction by performing a genome-wide comparison of the striatal transcriptome after chronic administration of morphine in the absence or presence of sodium butyrate.
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