Postmortem brain tissue of depressed suicides reveals increased Gsα localization in lipid raft domains where it is less likely to activate adenylyl cyclase

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  • Recent in vivo and in vitro studies have demonstrated that Gsα migrates from a Triton X-100 (TX-100)-insoluble membrane domain (lipid raft) to a TX-100-soluble nonraft membrane domain in response to chronic, but not acute, treatment with tricyclic or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor antidepressants. This migration resulted in a more facile association with adenylyl cyclase. Our hypothesis is that Gsα maybe ensconced, to a greater extent, in lipid rafts during depression, and that one action of chronic antidepressant treatment is to reverse this. In this postmortem study, we examined Gsα membrane localization in the cerebellum and prefrontal cortex of brains from nonpsychiatric control subjects and suicide cases with confirmed unipolar depression. Sequential TX-100 and TX-114 detergent extractions were performed on the brain tissue. In the cerebellum, the ratio of TX-100/TX-114-soluble Gsα is ∼2:1 for control versus depressed suicides. Results with prefrontal cortex samples from each group demonstrate a similar trend. These data suggest that depression localizes Gsα to a membrane domain (lipid rafts) where it is less likely to couple to adenylyl cyclase and that antidepressants may upregulate Gsα signaling via disruption of membrane microenvironments. Raft localization of Gsα in human peripheral tissue may thus serve as a biomarker for depression and as a harbinger of antidepressant responsiveness. Copyright © 2008 Society for Neuroscience.
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  • Donati RJ; Dwivedi Y; Roberts RC; Conley RR; Pandey GN; Rasenick MM
  • Start Page

  • 3042
  • End Page

  • 3050
  • Volume

  • 28
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  • 12