Distinct modifications of hippocampal glucocorticoid receptor phosphorylation and FKBPs by lipopolysaccharide in depressive female and male rats
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Inflammation plays a critical role in pathogenesis of depression and can affect the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis activity. Accordingly, in this study we investigated the role of hippocampal glucocorticoid receptor in mediating the effects of inflammation on behaviour of female and male Wistar rats. We studied the effects of lipopolysaccharide on the levels of glucocorticoid receptors and its co-chaperones FK506 binding protein 52 and FK506 binding protein 51, the levels of glucocorticoid receptor phospho-isoforms, pGR-232 and pGR-246, and glucocorticoid receptor up-stream kinases. In order to assess transcriptional activity of glucocorticoid receptor, we measured mRNA levels of several glucocorticoid receptor-regulated genes. We demonstrated that lipopolysaccharide induced depressive-like behaviour and elevated serum corticosterone in both sexes. However, it affected glucocorticoid receptor signalling in the nucleus of females and males differently-in females it elevated levels ...of glucocorticoid receptors, pGR-246 and FK506 binding protein 52, while in males it decreased levels of glucocorticoid receptor, both co-chaperons and pGR-246. Alterations in pGR-246 were associated with alterations of c-Jun N-terminal kinases. Altered nuclear levels of total glucocorticoid receptors and pGR-246 were accompanied by sex-specific reduction in brain-derived neurotrophic factor and cyclooxygenase-2 mRNA and sex-unspecific reduction in the expression of p11 and glucocorticoid receptor genes. These alterations may ultimately affect different glucocorticoid receptor-associated processes involved in depressive-like behaviour in males and females.