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Striatal adenosine A2A receptor neurons control active-period sleep via parvalbumin neurons in external globus pallidus

  1. Xiang-Shan Yuan
  2. Lu Wang
  3. Hui Dong
  4. Wei-Min Qu
  5. Su-Rong Yang
  6. Yoan Cherasse
  7. Michael Lazarus
  8. Serge N Schiffmann
  9. Alban de Kerchove d'Exaerde
  10. Rui-Xi Li Is a corresponding author
  11. Zhi-Li Huang Is a corresponding author
  1. Fudan University, China
  2. University of Tsukuba, Japan
  3. Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
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Cite as: eLife 2017;6:e29055 doi: 10.7554/eLife.29055

Abstract

Dysfunction of the striatum is frequently associated with sleep disturbances. However, its role in sleep-wake regulation has been paid little attention even though the striatum densely expresses adenosine A2A receptors (A2ARs), which are essential for adenosine-induced sleep. Here we showed that chemogenetic activation of A2AR neurons in specific subregions of the striatum induced a remarkable increase in non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep. Anatomical mapping and immunoelectron microscopy revealed that striatal A2AR neurons innervated the external globus pallidus (GPe) in a topographically organized manner and preferentially formed inhibitory synapses with GPe parvalbumin (PV) neurons. Moreover, lesions of GPe PV neurons abolished the sleep-promoting effect of striatal A2AR neurons. In addition, chemogenetic inhibition of striatal A2AR neurons led to a significant decrease of NREM sleep at active period, but not inactive period of mice. These findings reveal a prominent contribution of striatal A2AR neuron/GPe PV neuron circuit in sleep control.

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  1. Xiang-Shan Yuan

    Department of Pharmacology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
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  2. Lu Wang

    Department of Pharmacology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
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  3. Hui Dong

    Department of Pharmacology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
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  4. Wei-Min Qu

    Department of Pharmacology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
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  5. Su-Rong Yang

    Department of Pharmacology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
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  6. Yoan Cherasse

    International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
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  7. Michael Lazarus

    International Institute for Integrative Sleep Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan
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  8. Serge N Schiffmann

    Laboratory of Neurophysiology, ULB Neuroscience Institute, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
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  9. Alban de Kerchove d'Exaerde

    Laboratory of Neurophysiology, ULB Neuroscience Institute, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium
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  10. Rui-Xi Li

    Department of Pharmacology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
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    ruixilee@shmu.edu.cn
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
  11. Zhi-Li Huang

    Department of Pharmacology, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
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    huangzl@fudan.edu.cn
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Funding

National Natural Science Foundation of China (81420108015)

  • Zhi-Li Huang

National Natural Science Foundation of China (31671099)

  • Wei-Min Qu

National Natural Science Foundation of China (81271466)

  • Rui-Xi Li

National Natural Science Foundation of China (31571103)

  • Lu Wang

National Natural Science Foundation of China (81571296)

  • Su-Rong Yang

National Basic Research Program of China (2015CB856401)

  • Zhi-Li Huang

Shanghai Committee of Science and Technology (14JC1400900)

  • Zhi-Li Huang

National Natural Science Foundation of China (31471064)

  • Wei-Min Qu

National Natural Science Foundation of China (31530035)

  • Zhi-Li Huang

The funders had no role in study design, data collection and interpretation, or the decision to submit the work for publication.

Ethics

Animal experimentation: All animal studies were performed in accordance with protocols approved by the Committee on the Ethics of Animal Experiments of Fudan University Shanghai Medical College (permit number: 20110307-049). Every effort was made to minimize the number of animals used and any pain and discomfort experienced by the subjects.

Reviewing Editor

  1. Louis J Ptáček, Reviewing Editor, University of California, San Francisco, United States

Publication history

  1. Received: May 29, 2017
  2. Accepted: October 11, 2017
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: October 12, 2017 (version 1)

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© 2017, Yuan et al.

This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License permitting unrestricted use and redistribution provided that the original author and source are credited.

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