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Sex-dependent gene regulatory networks of the heart rhythm


ABSTRACT: Expression level, control and intercoordination of 66 selected heart rhythm determinant (HRD) genes were compared in atria and ventricles of 4 male and 4 female adult mice. We found that genes encoding various adrenergic receptors, ankyrins, ion channels and transporters, connexins and other components of the intercalated discs form a complex network that is chamber dependent and differs between the two sexes. In addition, most HRD genes in atria had higher expression in males than in females, while in ventricles expression levels were mostly higher in females than in males. Moreover, significant chamber-differences were observed between the sexes, with higher expression in atria than ventricles for males and higher expression in ventricles than atria for females. We have ranked the selected genes according to their prominence in controlling the HRD gene web through expression coordination with the other web genes and protecting the web though their own expression stability. Interestingly, the prominence hierarchy was substantially different between the two sexes. Taken together these findings indicate that the organizational principles of the heart rhythm transcriptome are sex-dependent, with the newly introduced prominence analysis allowing identification of genes that are pivotal for the sexual dichotomy. Overall design: Four adult male (M) and 4 adult female (F) mice were decapitated, the hearts removed and atria (A) and ventricles (V) collected in separate tubes. 20 µg total RNA extracted in Trizol from each of the 16 samples was reverse transcribed in the presence of fluorescent Alexa Fluor®_647 and Alexa Fluor®_555-aha-dUTPs (Invitrogen, CA) to obtain labeled cDNAs Red and green-labeled samples of biological replicas were then co-hybridized (“multiple yellow” strategy) overnight at 50°C with mouse MO36k oligonucleotide arrays printed by Duke University (http://microarray.genome.duke.edu/spotted-arrays) with Operon Mouse Oligo Set, version 4.0. After washing (0.1% SDS and 1% SSC) to remove the non-hybridized cDNA, each array was scanned with GenePix 4000B scanner (MDS, Toronto, Canada) and images were primarily analyzed with GenePixPro 6.0 (Axon Instruments, CA).

INSTRUMENT(S): Duke Mouse 36K oligonucleotide array Operon V4.0

ORGANISM(S): Mus musculus  

SUBMITTER: Dumitru Andrei Iacobas  

PROVIDER: GSE17324 | GEO | 2009-08-12

SECONDARY ACCESSION(S): PRJNA119003

REPOSITORIES: GEO

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