Genetic variation in the social environment affects behavioral phenotypes of oxytocin receptor mutants in zebrafish
- Ribeiro, D., Nunes, A.R., Teles, M., Anbalagan, S., Blechman, J., Levkowitz, G., Oliveira, R.F.
- eLIFE 9: (Journal)
- Registered Authors
- Anbalagan, Savani, Blechman, Janna, Levkowitz, Gil
- ecology, gxe interaction, indirect genetic effects, neuroscience, oxytocin, social behavior, social genetic effects, zebrafish
- MeSH Terms
- Behavior, Animal
- Gene Knockout Techniques
- Genetic Variation*
- Receptors, Oxytocin/genetics*
- Social Behavior*
- Social Environment
- 32902385 Full text @ Elife
Ribeiro, D., Nunes, A.R., Teles, M., Anbalagan, S., Blechman, J., Levkowitz, G., Oliveira, R.F. (2020) Genetic variation in the social environment affects behavioral phenotypes of oxytocin receptor mutants in zebrafish. eLIFE. 9:.
Oxytocin-like peptides have been implicated in the regulation of a wide range of social behaviors across taxa. On the other hand, the social environment, which is composed of conspecifics that may vary in their genotypes, also influences social behavior, creating the possibility for indirect genetic effects. Here, we used a zebrafish oxytocin receptor knockout line to investigate how the genotypic composition of the social environment (Gs) interacts with the oxytocin genotype of the focal individual (Gi) in the regulation of its social behavior. For this purpose, we have raised wild-type or knock-out zebrafish in either wild-type or knock-out shoals and tested different components of social behavior in adults. GixGs effects were detected in some behaviors, highlighting the need to control for GixGs effects when interpreting results of experiments using genetically modified animals, since the genotypic composition of the social environment can either rescue or promote phenotypes associated with specific genes.
Genes / Markers
Mutations / Transgenics
Human Disease / Model
Sequence Targeting Reagents
Engineered Foreign Genes