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E-GEOD-37755 - Haloperidol response across genetic backgrounds

Released on 5 May 2012, last updated on 14 May 2012
Mus musculus
Samples (275)
Array (1)
Protocols (6)
We performed short-term bi-directional selective breeding for haloperidol-induced catalepsy, starting from three mouse populations of increasingly complex genetic structure: an F2 intercross, a heterogeneous stock (HS) formed by crossing four inbred strains (HS4) and a heterogeneous stock (HS-CC) formed from the inbred strain founders of the Collaborative Cross (CC). All three selections were successful, with large differences in haloperidol response emerging within three generations. Genome-wide analysis between the selected lines revealed post-selection loss of allelic diversity concurrent with significant genetic differences. In spite of large phenotypic differences, absolute gene-expression changes were modest and not concordant across selections. However, gene coexpression patterns changed significantly, as revealed by the weighted gene co-expression network analysis. In particular, we detected three modules (de novo subnetworks) that (a) were functionally enriched for neurobehavioral traits and (b) showed independently detectable changes in network connectivity across selections. By inferring strain contributions from the parental lines, we are able to identify significant differences in allelic content between the selected lines concurrent with large changes in transcript connectivity. Importantly, this observation implies that genetic polymorphisms can affect transcript and module connectivity without large changes in absolute expression levels. We conclude that, in this case, selective breeding acts at the subnetwork level, with the same modules but not the same transcripts affected across the three selections. Equal numbers of males and females (~200 total) from the founder populations (F2, HS4 and HS-CC) were phenotyped for haloperidol response using a two-step process that resulted in assigning animals to one of four groups; “1” was the least responsive, and “4” was the most responsive. Breeding pairs were selected from the most extreme response groups. The selection and breeding were continued for two additional generations; in the third generation, parents were bred for three rounds to produce progeny for gene expression. For each genetic background the submitted samples are labeled as either High or Low based on their response to haloperidol.
Experiment type
transcription profiling by array 
Ovidiu Dan Iancu <>, Denesa Oberbeck, Jason Erk, Ovidiu D Iancu, Priscila Darakjian, Robert Hitzemann, Shannon McWeeney, Sunita Kawane
Investigation descriptionE-GEOD-37755.idf.txt
Sample and data relationshipE-GEOD-37755.sdrf.txt
Processed data (1)
Array designA-MEXP-1174.adf.txt