Immediate changes in transcription factors and synaptic transmission in the cochlea following acoustic trauma: A gene transcriptome study

Yukihide Maeda, Shin Kariya, Kensuke Uraguchi, Junko Takahara, Shohei Fujimoto, Akiko Sugaya, Kazunori Nishizaki

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Abstract

Pathologic mechanisms in cochleae immediately following the onset of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) remain unclear. In this study, mice were exposed to 120 dB of octave band noise for 2 h to induce NIHL. Three hours after noise exposure, expression levels of the whole mouse genome in cochleae were analyzed by RNA-seq and DNA microarray. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) exhibiting >2-fold upregulation or downregulation in noise-exposed cochleae compared to controls without noise exposure were identified. RNA-seq and microarray analyses identified 273 DEGs regulated at 3 h post-noise (51 upregulated and 222 downregulated). Bioinformatic analysis revealed that these DEGs were associated with the functional gene pathway “neuroactive ligand-receptor interaction” and included 28 genes encoding receptors for neurotransmitters such as gamma-aminobutyric acid and glutamate. Other DEGs included 25 genes encoding transcription factors. Downregulation of 4 neurotransmitter receptors (Gabra3, Gabra5, Gabrb1, Grm1) and upregulations of 5 transcription factors (Atf3, Dbp, Helt, Maff, Nr1d1) were validated by RT-PCR. The differentially regulated transcription factor Atf3 immunolocalized to supporting cells and hair cells in the organ of Corti at 12-h post-noise. The present data serve as a basis for further studies aimed at developing medical treatments for acute sensorineural hearing loss.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeuroscience Research
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • DNA microarray
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Mouse cochlea
  • Neurotransmission
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • RNA-seq
  • Real-time RT-PCR
  • Transcription factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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