Differences in gene expression in the developing rat brain using cDNA microarray and real-time PCR
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The blood-brain barrier (BBB) is formed by endothelial cells, connected by tight junction proteins restricting paracellular transport. Transport of substances into the brain may also be limited due to active efflux transporters. Not much is known about the development of tight junction proteins and active transporters in the BBB, and how this affects drug distribution to the brain at different ages. The aim of this study was to analyze possible differences in expression of tight junction proteins and active transporters in the BBB at different postnatal ages in the rat. Brain capillary-rich fractions (BCRF) were collected and gene expression levels were compared at three postnatal ages using microarray analysis. BCRF was also analyzed for the mRNA expression levels of P-gp Abcb1 (P-gp), Abcg2 (Bcrp), Slc22a8 (Oat3) and occludin using real-time PCR at 12 different postnatal ages between postnatal Day 1 and Adult. In the array analysis, 28 genes of interest were found to be differentially expressed. The mRNA levels of Abcg2 decreased to one seventh from postnatal Day 1 to Day 15. The levels of Slc22a8 increased from birth and reached a plateau at Day 3 - 12 followed by a decrease to Day 15. These findings show that active transporters are differentially expressed in the developing BBB, possibly affecting drug distribution to the brain. No change in the mRNA levels for Abcb1 or occludin was observed.
Blood-brain barrier, development, active transport, tight junctions, microarray, real-time PCR
Research subject Pharmacokinetics and Drug Therapy
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-109367OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-109367DiVA: diva2:272142