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Visualizing corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor type 1 expression and neuronal connectivities in the mouse using a novel multifunctional allele.
J. Comp. Neurol. 520, 3150-3180 (2012)
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The corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) and its type 1 receptor (CRHR1) play a central role in coordinating the endocrine, autonomic, and behavioral responses to stress. A prerequisite to functionally dissect the complexity of the CRH/CRHR1 system is to unravel the identity of CRHR1-expressing neurons and their connectivities. Therefore, we used a knockin approach to genetically label CRHR1-expressing cells with a tau-lacZ (tZ) reporter gene. The distribution of neurons expressing β-galactosidase in the brain and the relative intensity of labeling is in full accordance with previously described Crhr1 mRNA expression. Combining the microtubule-binding properties of TAU with the Cre-loxP system allowed to direct the β-galactosidase to proximal dendrites, and in particular to axons. Thereby, we were able to visualize projections of CRHR1 neurons such as glutamatergic and dopaminergic afferent connections of the striatum and GABAergic CRHR1-expressing neurons located within its patch compartment. In addition, the tZ reporter gene revealed novel details of CRHR1 expression in the spinal cord, skin, and eye. CRHR1 expression in the retina prompted the identification of a new physiological role of CRHR1 related to the visual system. Besides its reporter properties, this novel CRHR1 allele comprises the possibility to conditionally restore or delete CRHR1 via Flp and Cre recombinase, respectively. Finally, the allele is suitable for further manipulations of the CRHR1 locus by recombinase-mediated cassette exchange. Taken together, this novel mouse allele will significantly facilitate the neuroanatomical analysis of CRHR1 circuits and opens up new avenues to address CRHR1 function in more detail.
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Publikationstyp Artikel: Journalartikel
Dokumenttyp Wissenschaftlicher Artikel
Schlagwörter corticotropin-releasing hormone receptor type 1; tau-lacZ reporter; conditional mouse model; axonal projection; depression; anxiety; Dorsal-Root Ganglia; Rat Spinal-Cord; Impaired Stress-Response; Central CRH System; Immunocytochemical Localization; Dopaminoceptive Neurons; Cocaine Seeking; Mice; Cells; Anxiety
ISSN (print) / ISBN 0021-9967
e-ISSN 1096-9861
Zeitschrift Journal of Comparative Neurology, The
Quellenangaben Band: 520, Heft: 14, Seiten: 3150-3180 Artikelnummer: , Supplement: ,
Verlag Wiley-Blackwell - STM
Begutachtungsstatus peer-reviewed