Sex-Dependent Sensory Phenotypes and Related Transcriptomic Expression Profiles Are Differentially Affected by Angelman Syndrome

Lee Koyavski, Julia Panov, Lilach Simchi, Prudhvi Raj Rayi, Lital Sharvit, Yonatan Feuermann, Hanoch Kaphzan

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Angelman syndrome (AS) is a genetic disorder which entails autism, intellectual disability, lack of speech, motor deficits, and seizure susceptibility. It is caused by the lack of UBE3A protein expression, which is an E3-ubiquitin ligase. Despite AS equal prevalence in males and females, not much data on how sex affects the syndrome was reported. In the herein study, we thoroughly characterized many behavioral phenotypes of AS mice. The behavioral data acquired was analyzed with respect to sex. In addition, we generated a new mRNA sequencing dataset. We analyzed the coding transcriptome expression profiles with respect to the effects of genotype and sex observed in the behavioral phenotypes. We identified several neurobehavioral aspects, especially sensory perception, where AS mice either lack the male-to-female differences observed in wild-type littermates or even show opposed differences. However, motor phenotypes did not show male-to-female variation between wild-type (WT) and AS mice. In addition, by utilizing the mRNA sequencing, we identified genes and isoforms with expression profiles that mirror the sensory perception results. These genes are differentially regulated in the two sexes with inverse expression profiles in AS mice compared to WT littermates. Some of these are known pain-related and estrogen-dependent genes. The observed differences in sex-dependent neurobehavioral phenotypes and the differential transcriptome expression profiles in AS mice strengthen the evidence for molecular cross talk between Ube3a protein and sex hormone receptors or their elicited pathways. These interactions are essential for understanding Ube3a deletion effects, beyond its E3-ligase activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5998-6016
Number of pages19
JournalMolecular Neurobiology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 15 Sep 2019

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Funding This work was supported by personal grants from the Angelman Syndrome Foundation and by the Israel Science Foundation, Grant Number 287/15.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • Angelman syndrome
  • Behavioral phenotypes
  • Bioinformatics analyses
  • Sex
  • Transcriptome
  • Ube3a

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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