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Male and Female Mice Show Significant Temporal Differences in Hepatic Transcriptomic Response to TCDD

ABSTRACT: 2,3,7,8–tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dixion (TCDD) is a dioxin congener that causes a wide range of toxic effects in rodent species. Previous studies discovered that males and females of the same species display different sensitivities to TCDD exposure. Although it is now clear that most TCDD-induced toxic outcomes are mediated by the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor (AHR), a transcription factor, the mechanism of sex-specific responses to TCDD remains largely unknown. To understand the differential sensitivity in male and female animals, we profiled the hepatic transcriptomic responses to single doses of TCDD (125, 250, 500, or 1000 µg/kg) in male and female C57BL6 mice. Several key findings were revealed by our study: 1) transcriptomic profiles varied largely between sexes at all doses; 2) the mRNA abundance profiles of female mice were less altered from basal level; 3) the alteration of ‘AHR-core’ genes were consistent regardless of sex; 4) a list of sex-specific TCDD-responsive genes were identified, including Fmo3 and Nr1i3 upregulated in male mice and Sult3a1 downregulated in female mice; 5) functional analysis of these candidate genes showed various biological pathway enrichments in a sex-dependent manner. Our study shows that the sex-dependent sensitivities to TCDD exposure are associated with a set of sex-specific TCDD-responsive genes that are indirectly regulated by AHR activity. The exact roles of these genes in response to TCDD exposure are not clear and require further investigation. Adult male and female C57BL/6 mice were treated by gavage with one single-dose TCDD (125, 250, 500, or 1000 μg/kg) in corn oil or corn oil vehicle alone. Animals were euthanized at 96 hours after treatment and tissues were harvested. RNA was isolated from hepatic tissue and the transcriptome for each animal assayed on an individual microarray.

ORGANISM(S): Mus musculus  

SUBMITTER: Raimo Pohjanvirta   Jamie Lee  Stephenie D Prokopec  Stephenie Prokopec  Paul C Boutros  Ren X Sun  John D Watson 

PROVIDER: E-GEOD-61038 | ArrayExpress | 2015-03-01



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