The Effects of Glycogen Synthase kinase-3beta in Serotonin Neurons

PLoS One. 2012;7(8):e43262. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0043262. Epub 2012 Aug 17.

Abstract

Glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK3) is a constitutively active protein kinase in brain. Increasing evidence has shown that GSK3 acts as a modulator in the serotonin neurotransmission system, including direct interaction with serotonin 1B (5-HT1B) receptors in a highly selective manner and prominent modulating effect on 5-HT1B receptor activity. In this study, we utilized the serotonin neuron-selective GSK3β knockout (snGSK3β-KO) mice to test if GSK3β in serotonin neurons selectively modulates 5-HT1B autoreceptor activity and function. The snGSK3β-KO mice were generated by crossbreeding GSK3β-floxed mice and ePet1-Cre mice. These mice had normal growth and physiological characteristics, similar numbers of tryptophan hydroxylase-2 (TpH2)-expressing serotonin neurons, and the same brain serotonin content as in littermate wild type mice. However, the expression of GSK3β in snGSK3β-KO mice was diminished in TpH2-expressing serotonin neurons. Compared to littermate wild type mice, snGSK3β-KO mice had a reduced response to the 5-HT1B receptor agonist anpirtoline in the regulation of serotonergic neuron firing, cAMP production, and serotonin release, whereas these animals displayed a normal response to the 5-HT1A receptor agonist 8-OH-DPAT. The effect of anpirtoline on the horizontal, center, and vertical activities in the open field test was differentially affected by GSK3β depletion in serotonin neurons, wherein vertical activity, but not horizontal activity, was significantly altered in snGSK3β-KO mice. In addition, there was an enhanced anti-immobility response to anpirtoline in the tail suspension test in snGSK3β-KO mice. Therefore, results of this study demonstrated a serotonin neuron-targeting function of GSK3β by regulating 5-HT1B autoreceptors, which impacts serotonergic neuron firing, serotonin release, and serotonin-regulated behaviors.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Animals
  • Brain / cytology
  • Brain / metabolism*
  • Chromatography, High Pressure Liquid
  • Cyclic AMP / metabolism
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 / genetics
  • Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 / metabolism*
  • Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 beta
  • Mice
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Motor Activity / drug effects
  • Motor Activity / genetics
  • Piperidines / pharmacology
  • Pyridines / pharmacology
  • Raphe Nuclei / metabolism
  • Receptor, Serotonin, 5-HT1B / metabolism*
  • Serotonergic Neurons / drug effects
  • Serotonergic Neurons / metabolism*
  • Serotonin / metabolism
  • Serotonin 5-HT1 Receptor Agonists / pharmacology

Substances

  • Piperidines
  • Pyridines
  • Receptor, Serotonin, 5-HT1B
  • Serotonin 5-HT1 Receptor Agonists
  • anpirtoline
  • Serotonin
  • Cyclic AMP
  • Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3 beta
  • Gsk3b protein, mouse
  • Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3