February 24, 2021

Behavioral phenotyping of mice lacking the deubiquitinase USP2

Ubiquitin specific peptidase 2 (USP2) is a deubiquitinating enzyme expressed almost ubiquitously in the body, including in multiple brain regions. We previously showed that mice lacking USP2 present altered locomotor activity rhythms and response of the clock to light. However, the possible implication of USP2 in regulating other behaviors has yet to be tested. To address this, we ran a battery of behavioral tests on Usp2 KO mice. Firstly, we confirmed our prior findings of increased daily activity and reduced activity fragmentation in Usp2 KO mice. Further, mice lacking USP2 showed impaired motor coordination and equilibrium, a decrease in anxiety-like behavior, a deficit in short-term recognition memory and in sensorimotor gating. On the other hand, no effects of Usp2 gene deletion were found on spatial memory. Hence, our data uncover the implication of USP2 in different behaviors and expands the range of the known functions of this deubiquitinase.

 bioRxiv Subject Collection: Neuroscience

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