Second-generation antipsychotics (SGA) are multi-target agents widely used for the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder that also hold potential for the treatment of impaired emotional control, thanks to their diverse receptor profiles as well as their potential in modulating neuroadaptive changes in key brain regions. The aim of this study was thus to establish the ability of lurasidone, a novel SGA characterized by a multi-receptor signature, to modulate behavioural and molecular defects associated with a genetic model of impaired emotional control, namely serotonin transporter knockout (SERT KO) rats. At behavioural level, we found that chronic lurasidone treatment significantly increased fear extinction in SERT KO rats, but not in wild-type control animals. Moreover, at molecular level, lurasidone was able to normalize the reduced expression of the neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor in the prefrontal cortex of SERT KO rats, an effect that occurred through the regulation of specific neurotrophin transcripts (primarily exon VI). Furthermore, chronic lurasidone treatment was also able to restore the reduced expression of different GABAergic markers that is present in these animals. Our results show that lurasidone can improve emotional control in SERT KO rats, with a primary impact on the prefrontal cortex. The adaptive changes set in motion by repeated treatment with lurasidone may in fact contribute to the amelioration of functional capacities, closely associated with neuronal plasticity, which are deteriorated in patients with schizophrenia, bipolar disease and major depression.
|Titolo:||Behavioural and neuroplastic properties of chronic lurasidone treatment in serotonin transporter knockout rats|
|Parole Chiave:||BDNF; GABA; lurasidone; prefrontal cortex; serotonin transporter; Analysis of Variance; Animals; Antidepressive Agents; Antigens, Differentiation; Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor; Conditioning (Psychology); Disease Models, Animal; Extinction, Psychological; Fear; Gene Expression Regulation; Isoindoles; Mood Disorders; Neuronal Plasticity; Prefrontal Cortex; Protein Transport; RNA, Messenger; Rats; Rats, Transgenic; Rats, Wistar; Receptors, GABA; Receptors, Glucocorticoid; Serotonin Plasma Membrane Transport Proteins; Thiazoles; Vesicular Inhibitory Amino Acid Transport Proteins; Pharmacology (medical); Pharmacology; Psychiatry and Mental Health|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore BIO/14 - Farmacologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1017/S1461145712001332|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|