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Shank3 Modulates Sleep and Expression of Circadian Transcription Factors

  1. Ashley Ingiosi
  2. Hannah Schoch
  3. Taylor P Wintler
  4. Kristan G Singletary
  5. Dario Righelli
  6. Leandro Roser
  7. Elizabeth Medina
  8. Davide Risso
  9. Marcos G Frank  Is a corresponding author
  10. Lucia Peixoto  Is a corresponding author
  1. Washington State University, United States
  2. National Research Council (CNR), Italy
  3. University of Padova, Italy
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Cite this article as: eLife 2019;8:e42819 doi: 10.7554/eLife.42819

Abstract

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is the most prevalent neurodevelopmental disorder in the United States and often co-presents with sleep problems. Sleep problems in ASD predict the severity of ASD core diagnostic symptoms and have a considerable impact on the quality of life of caregivers. Little is known, however, about the underlying molecular mechanisms of sleep problems in ASD. We investigated the role of Shank3, a high confidence ASD gene candidate, in sleep architecture and regulation. We show that mice lacking exon 21 of Shank3 have problems falling asleep even when sleepy. Using RNA-seq we show that sleep deprivation increases the differences in prefrontal cortex gene expression between mutants and wild types, downregulating circadian transcription factors Per3, Bhlhe41, Hlf, Tef, and Nr1d1. Shank3 mutants also have trouble regulating wheel-running activity in constant darkness. Overall, our study shows that Shank3 is an important modulator of sleep and clock gene expression.

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  1. Ashley Ingiosi

    Department of Biomedical Science, Washington State University, Spokane, United States
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  2. Hannah Schoch

    Department of Biomedical Science, Washington State University, Spokane, United States
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  3. Taylor P Wintler

    Department of Biomedical Science, Washington State University, Spokane, United States
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  4. Kristan G Singletary

    Department of Biomedical Science, Washington State University, Spokane, United States
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  5. Dario Righelli

    Instituto per le Applicazioni del Calcolo, National Research Council (CNR), Napoli, Italy
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0003-1504-3583
  6. Leandro Roser

    Department of Biomedical Science, Washington State University, Spokane, United States
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  7. Elizabeth Medina

    Department of Biomedical Science, Washington State University, Spokane, United States
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  8. Davide Risso

    Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
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    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0001-8508-5012
  9. Marcos G Frank

    Department of Biomedical Science, Washington State University, Spokane, United States
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    marcos.frank@wsu.edu
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  10. Lucia Peixoto

    Department of Biomedical Science, Washington State University, Spokane, United States
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    lucia.peixoto@wsu.edu
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    The authors declare that no competing interests exist.
    ORCID icon "This ORCID iD identifies the author of this article:" 0000-0002-8444-9600

Funding

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (K01NS104172)

  • Lucia Peixoto

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

Ethics

Animal experimentation: This study was performed in strict accordance with the recommendations in the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals of the National Institutes of Health. All of the animals were handled according to approved institutional animal care and use committee (IACUC) protocols of Washington State University. Protocol numbers: 04705-001 and 04704-001IACUC 6155-Peixoto BreedingIACUC 4705-Peixoto experimentalIACUC 4581-Frank experimental

Human subjects: PMSIR patient data was obtained de-identified under IRB exemption 15005-Peixoto

Reviewing Editor

  1. Eunjoon Kim, Institute for Basic Science, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Korea (South), Republic of

Publication history

  1. Received: October 14, 2018
  2. Accepted: April 10, 2019
  3. Accepted Manuscript published: April 11, 2019 (version 1)
  4. Version of Record published: April 29, 2019 (version 2)

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© 2019, Ingiosi 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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