Multifaceted strain-specific effects in a mouse model of depression and of antidepressant reversal

Yadira Ibarguen-Vargas, Alexandre Surget, Chadi Touma, Rupert Palme, Catherine Belzung
Psychoneuroendocrinology 2008, 33 (10): 1357-68
Etiopathogenesis of depression and the cause of insensitivity to treatment remain poorly understood, although genetic makeup has been established as a contributing factor. The isogenicity of inbred mouse strains provides a useful tool for investigating the link between genes and behavior or drug response. Hence, our aim was to identify inbred mouse strains (among A/J, BALB/c, C3H, C57BL/6, CBA, DBA and FVB) sensitive to a 9-week period of unpredictable chronic mild stress (UCMS) and, from the fifth week onward, to the reversal effect of an antidepressant (AD) (imipramine, 20mg/kg/day i.p.) on various depression-related changes: physical, behavioral and neuroendocrine states. UCMS induced a significant deterioration of the coat state (in all the strains), blunted emotional reactivity in the novelty-suppressed feeding (NSF) test (A/J, BALB/c, C57BL/6), and changes in the level of fecal corticosterone metabolites (BALB/c, C57BL/6, DBA, FVB). Imipramine treatment reversed the UCMS-induced alterations of the coat state (BALB/c, DBA), in the NSF test (A/J, BALB/c, C57BL/6) and in fecal corticosterone metabolites (BALB/c, C57BL/6). C3H, CBA and FVB mice were irresponsive to imipramine treatment. It is noteworthy that UCMS-induced physical or behavioral changes occurred without hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis alterations in some strains (A/J, C3H, CBA), although the AD-induced reversal of these changes in BALB/c and C57BL/6 was associated with HPA axis normalization. Finally, UCMS is shown to discriminate various alterations and to replicate in a strain-dependent manner diverse profiles reminiscent of human disease subtypes. UCMS may thus enable the selection of strains suitable for investigating specific depression-related features and could be an appropriate model for identifying genetic factors associated with increased vulnerability, specific symptoms of affective disorders, and AD resistance.

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