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Phf8 loss confers resistance to depression-like and anxiety-like behaviors in mice

Phf8 loss confers resistance to depression-like and anxiety-like behaviors in mice
, Rosemary C. Bagot, Jennifer Cloutier, John W. Chen, , Behnam Javidfar, Ryan M. Walsh, Anthony Anselmo, Schahram Akbarian, Erica Y. Shen, Gregory J. Wojtkiewicz, , Yan Jiang, Eric J. Nestler, Konrad Hochedlinger, Ruslan Sadreyev
PHF8 is a histone demethylase with specificity for repressive modifications. While mutations of PHF8 have been associated with cognitive defects and cleft lip/palate, its role in mammalian development and physiology remains unexplored. Here, we have generated a Phf8 knockout allele in mice to examine the consequences of Phf8 loss for development and behaviour. Phf8 deficient mice neither display obvious developmental defects nor signs of cognitive impairment. However, we report a striking resiliency to stress-induced anxiety- and depression-like behaviour on loss of Phf8. We further observe misregulation of serotonin signalling within the prefrontal cortex of Phf8 deficient mice and identify the serotonin receptors Htr1a and Htr2a as direct targets of PHF8. Our results clarify the functional role of Phf8 in mammalian development and behaviour and establish a direct link between Phf8 expression and serotonin signalling, identifying this histone demethylase as a potential target for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Publisher URL: http://www.nature.com/articles/ncomms15142

DOI: 10.1038/ncomms15142

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