DeltaFosB in brain reward circuits mediates resilience to stress and antidepressant responses.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In contrast with the many studies of stress effects on the brain, relatively little is known about the molecular mechanisms of resilience, the ability of some individuals to escape the deleterious effects of stress. We found that the transcription factor DeltaFosB mediates an essential mechanism of resilience in mice. Induction of DeltaFosB in the nucleus accumbens, an important brain reward-associated region, in response to chronic social defeat stress was both necessary and sufficient for resilience. DeltaFosB induction was also required for the standard antidepressant fluoxetine to reverse behavioral pathology induced by social defeat. DeltaFosB produced these effects through induction of the GluR2 AMPA glutamate receptor subunit, which decreased the responsiveness of nucleus accumbens neurons to glutamate, and through other synaptic proteins. Together, these findings establish a previously unknown molecular pathway underlying both resilience and antidepressant action.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vialou, V; Robison, AJ; Laplant, QC; Covington, HE; Dietz, DM; Ohnishi, YN; Mouzon, E; Rush, AJ; Watts, EL; Wallace, DL; Iñiguez, SD; Ohnishi, YH; Steiner, MA; Warren, BL; Krishnan, V; Bolaños, CA; Neve, RL; Ghose, S; Berton, O; Tamminga, CA; Nestler, EJ

Published Date

  • June 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 745 - 752

PubMed ID

  • 20473292

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2895556

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1546-1726

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1038/nn.2551


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States