Copine-7 is required for REM sleep regulation following cage change or water immersion and restraint stress in mice

Chih Yao Liu, Chia Jung Tsai, Shinnosuke Yasugaki, Nanae Nagata, Miho Morita, Ayako Isotani, Masashi Yanagisawa, Yu Hayashi

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Abstract

Sleep is affected by the environment. In rodents, changes in the amount of rapid eye movement sleep (REMS) can precede those of other sleep/wake stages. The molecular mechanism underlying the dynamic regulation of REMS remains poorly understood. Here, we focused on the sublaterodorsal nucleus (SLD), located in the pontine tegmental area, which plays a crucial role in the regulation of REMS. We searched for genes selectively expressed in the SLD and identified copine-7 (Cpne7), whose involvement in sleep was totally unknown. We generated Cpne7-Cre knock-in mice, which enabled both the knockout (KO) of Cpne7 and the genetic labeling of Cpne7-expressing cells. While Cpne7-KO mice exhibited normal sleep under basal conditions, the amount of REMS in Cpne7-KO mice was larger compared to wildtype mice following cage change or water immersion and restraint stress, both of which are conditions that acutely reduce REMS. Thus, it was suggested that copine-7 is involved in negatively regulating REMS under certain conditions. In addition, chemogenetically activating Cpne7-expressing neurons in the SLD reduced the amount of REMS, suggesting that these neurons negatively regulate REMS. These results identify copine-7 and Cpne7-expressing neurons in the SLD as candidate molecular or neuronal components of the regulatory system that controls REMS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalNeuroscience Research
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Copine-7 (Cpne7)
  • Pons
  • REM sleep
  • Stress
  • Sublaterodorsal nucleus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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