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Data Brief. 2015 Jun 9;4:239-52. doi: 10.1016/j.dib.2015.05.007. eCollection 2015 Sep.

Prenatal alcohol exposure alters gene expression in the rat brain: Experimental design and bioinformatic analysis of microarray data.

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Department of Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences, University of British Columbia, 2350 Health Sciences Mall, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6T 1Z3.
Department of Medical Genetics, Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics, Child and Family Research Institute, Human Early Learning Partnership, University of British Columbia, Room 2024, 950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V5Z 4H4.


We previously identified gene expression changes in the prefrontal cortex and hippocampus of rats prenatally exposed to alcohol under both steady-state and challenge conditions (Lussier et al., 2015, Alcohol.: Clin. Exp. Res., 39, 251-261). In this study, adult female rats from three prenatal treatment groups (ad libitum-fed control, pair-fed, and ethanol-fed) were injected with physiological saline solution or complete Freund׳s adjuvant (CFA) to induce arthritis (adjuvant-induced arthritis, AA). The prefrontal cortex and hippocampus were collected 16 days (peak of arthritis) or 39 days (during recovery) following injection, and whole genome gene expression was assayed using Illumina׳s RatRef-12 expression microarray. Here, we provide additional metadata, detailed explanations of data pre-processing steps and quality control, as well as a basic framework for the bioinformatic analyses performed. The datasets from this study are publicly available on the GEO repository (accession number GSE63561).

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