Network Reconstruction Reveals that Valproic Acid Activates Neurogenic Transcriptional Programs in Adult Brain Following Traumatic Injury.

TitleNetwork Reconstruction Reveals that Valproic Acid Activates Neurogenic Transcriptional Programs in Adult Brain Following Traumatic Injury.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsHiggins, Gerald A., Georgoff Patrick, Nikolian Vahagn, Allyn-Feuer Ari, Pauls Brian, Higgins Richard, Athey Brian D., and Alam Hasan E.
JournalPharm Res
Date Published2017 Mar 07
ISSN1573-904X
Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To determine the mechanism of action of valproic acid (VPA) in the adult central nervous system (CNS) following traumatic brain injury (TBI) and hemorrhagic shock (HS).METHODS: Data were analyzed from different sources, including experiments in a porcine model, data from postmortem human brain, published studies, public and commercial databases.RESULTS: The transcriptional program in the CNS following TBI, HS, and VPA treatment includes activation of regulatory pathways that enhance neurogenesis and suppress gliogenesis. Genes which encode the transcription factors (TFs) that specify neuronal cell fate, including MEF2D, MYT1L, NEUROD1, PAX6 and TBR1, and their target genes, are induced by VPA. VPA represses genes responsible for oligodendrogenesis, maintenance of white matter, T-cell activation, angiogenesis, and endothelial cell proliferation, adhesion and chemotaxis. NEUROD1 has regulatory interactions with 38% of the genes regulated by VPA in a swine model of TBI and HS in adult brain. Hi-C spatial mapping of a VPA pharmacogenomic SNP in the GRIN2B gene shows it is part of a transcriptional hub that contacts 12 genes that mediate chromatin-mediated neurogenesis and neuroplasticity.CONCLUSIONS: Following TBI and HS, this study shows that VPA administration acts in the adult brain through differential activation of TFs responsible for neurogenesis, genes responsible for neuroplasticity, and repression of TFs that specify oligodendrocyte cell fate, endothelial cell chemotaxis and angiogenesis. Short title: Mechanism of action of valproic acid in traumatic brain injury.

DOI10.1007/s11095-017-2130-6
Alternate JournalPharm. Res.
PubMed ID28271248