Exp Neurobiol 2011; 20(3): 130-136
Published online September 30, 2011
© The Korean Society for Brain and Neural Sciences
Eun-Joo Shin, Xuan-Khanh Thi Nguyen, Thuy-Ty Lan Nguyen, Diem-Thu Pham and Hyoung-Chun Kim*
Neuropsychopharmacology and Toxicology Program, College of Pharmacy, Kangwon National University, Chunchon 200-701, Korea
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We previously demonstrated that repeated exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields (ELF-MF) increases locomotor activity via stimulation of dopaminergic D1 receptor (
Keywords: extremely low frequency magnetic fields, Fos-related antigen, locomotor activity, dopaminergic D1 receptor, striatal complex
Numerous studies have suggested that exposure to magnetic fields affects various physiological and pathological processes. For instance, magnetic fields have been considered as a "possible risk factor" for childhood leukemia, brain tumor or breast cancer (Floderus et al., 1993; Forssén et al., 2000; World Health Organization, 2007; Kheifets et al., 2010). On the other hand, therapeutic intervention with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation has shown to be beneficial for improving symptoms of Parkinson's disease (Fregni et al., 2005; Epstein et al., 2007) or several psychiatric diseases (George et al., 1995; Post and Keck, 2001).
The activator protein-1 (AP-1) transcription factors are composed of Fos and Jun proteins in a Fos/Jun heterodimeric or Jun/Jun homodimeric complex that recognize and bind to specific DNA sequences (5'-TGAGTCA-3') in the promoter regions of a number of genes (Pennypacker et al., 1994; Karin et al., 1997). Temporal expression profiles of each member of the Fos family, including c-Fos (Young et al., 1991; Rosen et al., 1994; Hsieh et al., 2002), FosB (Chen et al., 1995; Doucet et al., 1996; Bing et al., 1997a), ΔFosB (Chen et al., 1995; Doucet et al., 1996) and fos-related antigen (FRA) (Young et al., 1991; Rosen et al., 1994; Bing et al., 1997a and 1997b; Pennypacker et al., 2000; Hsieh et al., 2002) have been characterized in various
Magnetic fields have shown to affect behavioral profiles regulated by dopaminergic system (Wilson, 1988; Choleris et al., 2001; Sieroń et al., 2004; Janać et al., 2005; Shin et al., 2007; Liu et al., 2008) in rodents. In the previous study, we demonstrated that exposure to extremely low frequency magnetic fields (ELF-MF) increases striatal dopamine levels (Lee et al., 2001), and that ELF-MF induces hyperlocomotor activity via dopaminergic D1 receptor stimulation (Shin et al., 2007).
Little is known about the role of magnetic fields in modulations of AP-1 transcription factors
All mice were handled in accordance with the US National Institute of Health guidelines for the humane care of laboratory animals and the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee of Kangwon National University. Male adult C57BL/6 mice (Orient Bio Inc., Charles River Technology, Gapyung-Gun, Gyeonggi-Do, Korea), weighing 25±2 g, were maintained on a 12:12 h light:dark cycle, with food and water available
The ELF-MF was generated with three Helmholtz coils, set parallel to each other, in a wooden frame (Lee et al., 2001; Shin et al., 2007). The ELF-MF consisted of 60-Hz time-varying fields and the magnetic flux density was 0.3 or 2.4 mT. Animals were exposed to ELF-MF for 1 h/day for fourteen days. As seven days' exposure to ELF-MF was not fully enough for locomotor stimulation (Shin et al., 2007), we extended exposure period by fourteen days in this study. Thirty minutes before the animals were exposed to ELF-MF, mice were treated with SCH23390 hydrochloride (SCH, D1 antagonist; Tocris Co., Ellisville, MO, USA) at 0.03 or 0.1 mg/kg, i.p. or (RS)-(±) sulpiride (Sulp, D2 antagonist; Tocris Co.) at 10 or 20 mg/kg, i.p. (Shin et al., 2007). Locomotor activity was measured 0 hour, 1 day, 1 week, 3 months or 1 year after the final ELF-MF exposure using an automated video-tracking system (Noldus Information Technology, Wagenin, The Netherlands). Eight test boxes (40×40×30 cm high) were operated simultaneously by a computer. Animals were studied individually during locomotion in the test box. A printout for each session showed the pattern of ambulatory movements in the test box. The distance traveled (in cm) was analyzed for 30 min. Data were collected and analyzed between 9:00 and 17:00 h. Animals were sacrificed for immunohistochemical analyses 90 min after measurement of locomotor activity.
Sections containing the nucleus accumbens and striatum were processed for FRA immunohistochemistry. Prior to incubation with the primary antibody, sections were preincubated in PBS containing 0.2% Triton X-100 and 4% normal goat serum for 20 min. After 48-h incubation with the primary antibody against FRA (1 : 2,000, Young et al., 1991; Bing et al., 1996; Kim et al., 2001) at 4℃, sections were incubated with the secondary biotinylated anti-rabbit IgG (1 : 1,000; Vector Laboratories, Inc., Burlingame, CA, USA) for 1 h, and immersed in avidin-biotinperoxidase complex (ABC Kits; Vector Laboratories, Inc.) for 1 h. 3,3'-Diaminobenzidine was used as the chromogen. Digital images of FRA-immunoreactive neurons were acquired on an Olympus microscope (Tokyo, Japan), using an attached digital microscope camera (Olympus, Tokyo, Japan) and a personal computer. A region of interest (ROI), having an area of 0.1 mm2, was created using Optimas (version 6.51; Media Cybernetics, Inc., Silver Spring, MD, USA). Cell counting was performed blindly by two investigators and their results were averaged. Results are indicated as the number of FRA-immunoreactive cells /0.1 mm2.
Data were analyzed using analysis of variance (ANOVA) and
Experimental schedules are shown in Fig. 1. Control mice showed a basal locomotor activity (Fig. 2). Locomotor activity was significantly increased immediately after the final exposure to ELF-MF in a field intensity-dependent manner, and it remains elevated 1 week later (0 hour and 1 day: Saline+0.3 or 2.4 mT vs. Saline+Control, p<0.05 or p<0.01; 1 week: Saline+2.4 mT vs. Saline+Control, p<0.05). However, locomotor activity returned near control level 3 months after the final exposure to ELF-MF. ELF-MF-induced hyperlocomotor activity was significantly attenuated by treatment with SCH23390, a dopaminergic D1 receptor antagonist in a dose-related manner [0 hour: SCH23390 (0.1 mg/kg)+2.4 mT vs. Saline+2.4 mT, p<0.01; 1 day: SCH23390 (0.03 or 0.1 mg/kg)+2.4 mT vs. Saline+2.4 mT, p<0.05 or p<0.01; 1 week: SCH23390 (0.1 mg/kg)+2.4 mT vs. Saline+2.4 mT, p<0.05]. However, dopaminergic D2 receptor antagonist, sulpiride did not significantly alter hyperlocomotor activity induced by ELF-MF (Fig. 2).
FRA-immunoreactive cells were barely observed in the striatal complex of the control (Fig. 3 and 4). Repeated exposure to ELF-MF significantly increased FRA-IR in the striatal complex 2 hours after the final exposure in a field intensity-dependent manner, and this FRA induction lasted for 1 year (both of striatum and nucleus accumbens at 2 hours, 1 day, 1week, 3 months and 1 year: Saline+0.3 or 2.4 mT vs. Saline+Control, p<0.01). Treatment with SCH23390 (0.1 mg/kg, i.p.) significantly attenuated the ELF-MF-induced increase in FRA-IR in the striatum [0 hour, 1 day and 1week: SCH23390+2.4 mT vs. Saline+2.4 mT, p<0.01; 3 months and 1 year: SCH23390+2.4 mT vs. Saline+2.4 mT, p<0.05] and nucleus accumbens [0 hour, 1 day, 1week and 3 months: SCH23390+2.4 mT vs. Saline+2.4 mT, p<0.01; 1 year: SCH23390+2.4 mT vs. Saline+2.4 mT, p<0.05], while sulpiride (20 mg/kg, i.p.) did not significantly affect FRA-IR induced by ELF-MF (Fig. 3 and 4).
To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration that repeated exposure to ELF-MF produces nearly permanent induction of FRA in the striatal complex
In the present study, ELF-MF-induced long-lasting FRA expression in the striatal complex was attenuated by SCH23390, a dopaminergic D1 antagonist, but not by sulpiride, a dopaminergic D2 antagonist, suggesting that ELF-MF induces long-lasting FRA-IR via stimulation of dopaminergic D1 receptor. These results are in line with previous findings showing that direct stimulation of D1 receptor with specific agonist (Wirtshafter, 2007) or indirect stimulation of D1 receptor with psychostimulants (Young et al., 1991; Bronstein et al., 1996; Zhang et al., 2002) augments FRA expression in the striatal complex. Especially, it has been suggested that dopaminergic D1 receptor-mediated adenylate cyclase signaling pathway, but not phospholipace C pathway, is necessary for inducing FRA in the striatum (Wirtshafter, 2007). Although it is not clear how ELF-MF stimulates dopaminergic D1 receptor, it has been reported that ELF-MF exposure alters intracellular Ca2+ levels and facilitates releases of neurotransmitters (Blackman et al., 1991; Sandyk, 1994). Thus, there is a possibility that ELF-MF might increase dopamine release into the synaptic cleft through the modulation of Ca2+ influxes. In addition, elevation in dopamine level in the striatum after repeated exposure to ELF-MF has reported (Lee et al., 2001; Sieroń et al., 2004). However, Janać et al. (2009) indicated that ELF-MF does not change the affinity and density of striatal dopaminergic receptor. In their study (Janać et al., 2009), rats were fully exposed to ELF-MF for up to 7 days, whereas mice were exposed to ELF-MF for consecutive 14 days in our present study. Since it has been suggested that ELF-MF-induced change in neuronal activity and behaviors may be affected by exposing schedule (Lyskov et al., 1993), it requires further study to achieve better understanding on the discrepancy between Janać et al. (2009) and current finding.
In the behavioral evaluation, locomotor activity was increased after repeated exposure to ELF-MF, and it returned near control level 3 months later. ELF-MF-induced hyperlocomotor activity was also attenuated by dopaminergic D1 antagonist, SCH23390. Although locomotor activity can not fully support time-dependent pattern in FRA in the striatal complex, we raise the possibility that FRA expression modulates, at least in part, behavioral responses to repeated ELF-MF exposure. It has been reported that induction of 35-kDa FRA is accompanied with behavioral changes during repeated treatment with psychostimulants, such as cocaine (Rosen et al., 1994; Hiroi et al., 1997) or amphetamine (Turgeon et al., 1997). Striatal expression of 35-kDa FRA and hyperlocomotor activity after repeated treatment with cocaine or amphetamine have shown to be more pronounced than those after single injection (Hiroi et al., 1997; Turgeon et al., 1997), suggesting that 35-kDa FRA plays a key role in repeated neuronal stimulation. In addition, Hsieh et al. (2002) reported that elevated 35-kDa FRA expression, but not c-Fos expression, is sustained for at least 40 days after withdrawal from repeated amphetamine administration, while locomotor activity returned near control level 10 days after withdrawal, suggesting that 35-kDa FRA plays a certain role in neurobehavioral adaptation.
Our results suggest that repeated exposure to ELF-MF induces prolonged locomotor stimulation and long-term expression of FRA in the striatal complex via stimulation of dopaminergic D1 receptor. Finally, we raise the possibility that ELF-MF-mediated dopaminergic activations can be one of the therapeutic interventions for improving Parkinson's symptoms.