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A triple-network organization for the mouse brain
Molecular Psychiatry  (IF15.992),  Pub Date : 2021-10-14, DOI: 10.1038/s41380-021-01298-5
Francesca Mandino, Roël M. Vrooman, Heidi E. Foo, Ling Yun Yeow, Thomas A. W. Bolton, Piergiorgio Salvan, Chai Lean Teoh, Chun Yao Lee, Antoine Beauchamp, Sarah Luo, Renzhe Bi, Jiayi Zhang, Guan Hui Tricia Lim, Nathaniel Low, Jerome Sallet, John Gigg, Jason P. Lerch, Rogier B. Mars, Malini Olivo, Yu Fu, Joanes Grandjean

The triple-network model of psychopathology is a framework to explain the functional and structural neuroimaging phenotypes of psychiatric and neurological disorders. It describes the interactions within and between three distributed networks: the salience, default-mode, and central executive networks. These have been associated with brain disorder traits in patients. Homologous networks have been proposed in animal models, but their integration into a triple-network organization has not yet been determined. Using resting-state datasets, we demonstrate conserved spatio-temporal properties between triple-network elements in human, macaque, and mouse. The model predictions were also shown to apply in a mouse model for depression. To validate spatial homologies, we developed a data-driven approach to convert mouse brain maps into human standard coordinates. Finally, using high-resolution viral tracers in the mouse, we refined an anatomical model for these networks and validated this using optogenetics in mice and tractography in humans. Unexpectedly, we find serotonin involvement within the salience rather than the default-mode network. Our results support the existence of a triple-network system in the mouse that shares properties with that of humans along several dimensions, including a disease condition. Finally, we demonstrate a method to humanize mouse brain networks that opens doors to fully data-driven trans-species comparisons.