Comparative analysis of the transcriptome of injured nerve segments reveals spatiotemporal responses to neural damage in mice

Jung Eun Shin, Hongseok Ha, Eun Hye Cho, Yoon Ki Kim, Yongcheol Cho

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Nerves are particularly vulnerable to damage due to their unique structure with meter-long axons. In the peripheral nervous system neurons and Schwann cells can activate the injury-response program that directs axons to either regenerate or degenerate after traumatic nerve injury. However, the differences between the genetic programs driving nerve regeneration and degeneration have not yet been described extensively. To understand these differences, in this study we have compared the injury-induced transcriptomic changes between the regenerating proximal segment and the degenerating distal segment of a transected nerve, at different post-injury time points. We analyzed the spatiotemporal dynamics of the mouse transcriptome using a sciatic nerve-injury model by means of RNA sequencing. The results of the differentially regulated genes (DEGs) analysis show that some DEG groups are similarly regulated in both proximal and distal segments, and primarily display a positive correlation. However, some DEG groups are exclusively regulated in either the proximal or the distal segment, suggesting that these DEG groups constitute a genetic network for distinguishing the regenerative and degenerative responses. In addition, our gene ontology analysis revealed an enrichment of particular biological processes in different phases and locations. Thus, our data provide a spatiotemporal profile of the transcriptomes that are differentially regulated in either regenerating or degenerating nerves, in vivo. The specific biological processes enriched in the DEG groups might delineate the injury-responsive program that induces contrasting regenerative and degenerative responses in different nerve segments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1195-1208
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Comparative Neurology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Korea Research Fellowship awarded to J.E.S. (NRF-2015H1D3A1066313) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grants awarded to J.E.S. (NRF-2017R1C1B2008356), Y. C. (NRF-2015R1A5A1009024 and NRF-2016R1C1B2006675) and to Y.K.K. (NRF-2015R1A3A2033665), funded by the Korean government (Ministry of Science and ICT). Y. C. was also supported by Health Technology R&D Project (HI17C1459) through the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), funded by the Korean Ministry of Health & Welfare. H. H. was, in part, supported by the Basic Science Research Program, through the NRF, funded by the Korean Ministry of Education (NRF-2016R1A6A3A11933750).

Funding Information:
Korea Research Fellowship, Grant/Award Number: NRF-2015H1D3A1066313; National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), Grant/Award Numbers: NRF-2017R1C1B2008356, NRF-2015R1A5A1009024, NRF-2016R1C1B2006675, NRF-2015R1A3A2033665; Health Technol ogy R&D Project, Grant/Award Number: HI17C1459; Korean Ministry of Education, Grant/Award Number: NRF-2016R1A6A3A11933750

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© 2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.


  • RNA sequencing
  • RRID:IMSR_JAX:005304
  • RRID:SCR_001881
  • RRID:SCR_001915
  • RRID:SCR_011841
  • RRID:SCR_014568
  • RRID:SCR_014583
  • RRID:SCR_014597
  • RRID:SCR_015899
  • Schwann cell repair responses
  • axon degeneration
  • axon regeneration
  • sciatic nerve injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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