ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-200403-191
Oxytocin Receptors Regulate Social Preference in Zebrafish
Landin, J., Hovey, D., Xu, B., Lagman, D., Zettergren, A., Larhammar, D., Kettunen, P., Westberg, L.
Date: 2020
Source: Scientific Reports   10: 5435 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Kettunen, Petronella, Lagman, David, Landin, Jenny, Larhammar, Dan, Xu, Bo
Keywords: none
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Camphanes/pharmacology
  • HEK293 Cells
  • Humans
  • Models, Animal
  • Models, Psychological
  • Oxytocin/physiology
  • Piperazines/pharmacology
  • Receptors, Oxytocin/antagonists & inhibitors
  • Receptors, Oxytocin/physiology*
  • Social Behavior*
  • Vasotocin/physiology
  • Zebrafish/genetics*
  • Zebrafish/physiology*
PubMed: 32214126 Full text @ Sci. Rep.
With a strong tendency to socialise, the zebrafish is a useful model to study social behaviour, with implications for better treatments of social impairments, for instance in autism spectrum disorders. Although oxytocin is crucial for social behaviour in mammals, the importance of the fish orthologue - isotocin or zebrafish oxytocin (zOT) - for social behaviour in zebrafish is unclear. The aims of this study were firstly, to elucidate the receptor specificity of zOT and the related vasotocin or zebrafish vasopressin (zVP; the orthologue of mammalian vasopressin) and the nonpeptidergic oxytocin receptor antagonist L-368,899, and secondly to investigate if L-368,899 inhibits social preference in zebrafish. The potencies of ligands were evaluated for zOT/zVP family receptors in HEK293 cells. Adult and larval zebrafish were treated with L-368,899 or vehicle and subsequently assessed for social behaviour and anxiety (adults only). The antagonist L-368,899 specifically inhibited the two zOT receptors, but not the two zVP-1 receptors. The antagonist decreased social preference in adult and larval zebrafish. It did not affect anxiety in adults. These results indicate that endogenous zOT, and possibly zVP, is involved in social behaviour in zebrafish via either or both of the two zOT receptors, and show promise for future explorations of the anatomy and evolution of networks underlying social behaviour.