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Flexibility And Constraint In Preimplantation Gene Regulation In Mouse, Colin C. Conine, Marina Krykbaeva, Lina Song, Robert C. Brewster, Nir Friedman, Oliver J. Rando Mar 2020

Flexibility And Constraint In Preimplantation Gene Regulation In Mouse, Colin C. Conine, Marina Krykbaeva, Lina Song, Robert C. Brewster, Nir Friedman, Oliver J. Rando

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Although many features of embryonic development exhibit remarkable stability in the face of environmental perturbations, it is also clear that some aspects of early embryogenesis can be modulated by non-genetic influences during and after fertilization. Among potential perturbations experienced during reproduction, understanding the consequences of differing ex vivo fertilization methods at a molecular level is imperative for comprehending both the basic biology of early development and the potential consequences of assisted reproduction. Here, we set out to explore stable and flexible aspects of preimplantation gene expression using single-embryo RNA-sequencing of mouse embryos fertilized by natural mating, in vitro fertilization, or ...


Regulation Of Nuclear-Cytoplasmic Partitioning By The Lin-28-Lin-46 Pathway Reinforces Microrna Repression Of Hbl-1 To Confer Robust Cell-Fate Progression In C. Elegans, Orkan Ilbay, Victor R. Ambros Nov 2019

Regulation Of Nuclear-Cytoplasmic Partitioning By The Lin-28-Lin-46 Pathway Reinforces Microrna Repression Of Hbl-1 To Confer Robust Cell-Fate Progression In C. Elegans, Orkan Ilbay, Victor R. Ambros

Program in Molecular Medicine Publications

MicroRNAs target complementary mRNAs for degradation or translational repression, reducing or preventing protein synthesis. In Caenorhabditis elegans, the transcription factor HBL-1 (Hunchback-like 1) promotes early larval (L2)-stage cell fates, and the let-7 family microRNAs temporally downregulate HBL-1 to enable the L2-to-L3 cell-fate progression. In parallel to let-7-family microRNAs, the conserved RNA-binding protein LIN-28 and its downstream gene lin-46 also act upstream of HBL-1 in regulating the L2-to-L3 cell-fate progression. The molecular function of LIN-46, and how the lin-28-lin-46 pathway regulates HBL-1, are not understood. Here, we report that the regulation of HBL-1 by the lin-28-lin-46 pathway is independent of ...


The Tale Factors And Nuclear Factor Y Cooperate To Drive Transcription At Zygotic Genome Activation, William J. Stanney Iii Aug 2019

The Tale Factors And Nuclear Factor Y Cooperate To Drive Transcription At Zygotic Genome Activation, William J. Stanney Iii

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

The TALE factors, comprising the pbx and prep/meis gene families, are transcription factors (TFs) vital to the proper formation of anterior anatomical structures during embryonic development. Although best understood as essential cofactors for tissue-specific TFs such as the hox genes during segmentation, the TALE factors also form complexes with nuclear factor Y (NFY) in the early zygote. In zebrafish, Pbx4, Prep1, and NFY are maternally deposited and can access their DNA binding sites in compact chromatin. Our results suggest that TALE/NFY complexes have a unique role in early embryonic development which is distinct from each factor’s independent ...


Two Contrasting Classes Of Nucleolus-Associated Domains In Mouse Fibroblast Heterochromatin, Anastassiia Vertii, Jianhong Ou, Jun Yu, Aimin Yan, Herve Pages, Haibo Liu, Lihua Julie Zhu, Paul D. Kaufman Aug 2019

Two Contrasting Classes Of Nucleolus-Associated Domains In Mouse Fibroblast Heterochromatin, Anastassiia Vertii, Jianhong Ou, Jun Yu, Aimin Yan, Herve Pages, Haibo Liu, Lihua Julie Zhu, Paul D. Kaufman

Program in Molecular Medicine Publications

In interphase eukaryotic cells, almost all heterochromatin is located adjacent to the nucleolus or to the nuclear lamina, thus defining nucleolus-associated domains (NADs) and lamina-associated domains (LADs), respectively. Here, we determined the first genome-scale map of murine NADs in mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) via deep sequencing of chromatin associated with purified nucleoli. We developed a Bioconductor package called NADfinder and demonstrated that it identifies NADs more accurately than other peak-calling tools, owing to its critical feature of chromosome-level local baseline correction. We detected two distinct classes of NADs. Type I NADs associate frequently with both the nucleolar periphery and the ...


Smooth Muscle Cell-Specific Tmem16a Deletion Does Not Alter Ca2+ Signaling, Uterine Contraction, Gestation Length Or Litter Size In Micedagger, Mingzi Qu, Ping Lu, Karl D. Bellve, Kevin E. Fogarty, Lawrence M. Lifshitz, Fangxiong Shi, Ronghua Zhuge Jun 2019

Smooth Muscle Cell-Specific Tmem16a Deletion Does Not Alter Ca2+ Signaling, Uterine Contraction, Gestation Length Or Litter Size In Micedagger, Mingzi Qu, Ping Lu, Karl D. Bellve, Kevin E. Fogarty, Lawrence M. Lifshitz, Fangxiong Shi, Ronghua Zhuge

Program in Molecular Medicine Publications

Ion channels in myometrial cells play critical roles in spontaneous and agonist-induced uterine contraction during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy maintenance and parturition; thus identifying the genes of ion channels in these cells and determining their roles are essential to understanding the biology of reproduction. Previous studies with in vitro functional and pharmacological approaches have produced controversial results regarding the presence and role of TMEM16A Ca2+-activated Cl- channels in myometrial cells. To unambiguously determine the function of this channel in these cells, we employed a genetic approach by using smooth muscle cell-specific TMEM16A deletion (i.e. TMEM16ASMKO) mice. We found ...


Brown Fat Organogenesis And Maintenance Requires Akt1 And Akt2, Joan Sanchez-Gurmaches, Camila Martinez Calejman, Su Myung Jung, Huawei Li, David A. Guertin May 2019

Brown Fat Organogenesis And Maintenance Requires Akt1 And Akt2, Joan Sanchez-Gurmaches, Camila Martinez Calejman, Su Myung Jung, Huawei Li, David A. Guertin

Open Access Articles

OBJECTIVE: Understanding the signaling mechanisms that control brown adipose tissue (BAT) development is relevant to understanding energy homeostasis and obesity. The AKT kinases are insulin effectors with critical in vivo functions in adipocytes; however, their role in adipocyte development remains poorly understood. The goal of this study was to investigate AKT function in BAT development.

METHODS: We conditionally deleted Akt1 and Akt2 either individually or together with Myf5-Cre, which targets early mesenchymal precursors that give rise to brown adipocytes. Because Myf5-Cre also targets skeletal muscle and some white adipocyte lineages, comparisons were made between AKT function in BAT versus white ...


The Erk Mapk Pathway Is Essential For Skeletal Development And Homeostasis, Jung-Min Kim, Yeon-Suk Yang, Kwang Hwan Park, Hwanhee Oh, Matthew B. Greenblatt, Jae-Hyuck Shim Apr 2019

The Erk Mapk Pathway Is Essential For Skeletal Development And Homeostasis, Jung-Min Kim, Yeon-Suk Yang, Kwang Hwan Park, Hwanhee Oh, Matthew B. Greenblatt, Jae-Hyuck Shim

Open Access Articles

Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) are a family of protein kinases that function as key signal transducers of a wide spectrum of extracellular stimuli, including growth factors and pro-inflammatory cytokines. Dysregulation of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) MAPK pathway is associated with human skeletal abnormalities including Noonan syndrome, neurofibromatosis type 1, and cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome. Here, we demonstrate that ERK activation in osteoprogenitors is required for bone formation during skeletal development and homeostasis. Deletion of Mek1 and Mek2, kinases upstream of ERK MAPK, in osteoprogenitors (Mek1(Osx)Mek2(-/-)), resulted in severe osteopenia and cleidocranial dysplasia (CCD), similar to that seen in humans ...


The Er-Localized Protein Dfcp1 Modulates Er-Lipid Droplet Contact Formation, Dongfang Li, Yan G. Zhao, Di Li, Hongyu Zhao, Jie Huang, Guangyan Miao, Du Feng, Pingsheng Liu, Dong Li, Hong Zhang Apr 2019

The Er-Localized Protein Dfcp1 Modulates Er-Lipid Droplet Contact Formation, Dongfang Li, Yan G. Zhao, Di Li, Hongyu Zhao, Jie Huang, Guangyan Miao, Du Feng, Pingsheng Liu, Dong Li, Hong Zhang

Open Access Articles

Very little is known about the spatiotemporal generation of lipid droplets (LDs) from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the factors that mediate ER-LD contacts for LD growth. Using super-resolution grazing incidence structured illumination microscopy (GI-SIM) live-cell imaging, we reveal that upon LD induction, the ER-localized protein DFCP1 redistributes to nascent puncta on the ER, whose formation depends on triglyceride synthesis. These structures move along the ER and fuse to form expanding LDs. Fusion and expansion of DFCP1-labeled nascent structures is controlled by BSCL2. BSCL2 depletion causes accumulation of nascent DFCP1 structures. DFCP1 overexpression increases LD size and enhances ER-LD contacts ...


Hypomorphic Mutations Of Trip11 Cause Odontochondrodysplasia, Anika Wehrle, John A. Follit, Gregory J. Pazour, Andrea Superti-Furga, Martin Lowe, Ekkehart Lausch Feb 2019

Hypomorphic Mutations Of Trip11 Cause Odontochondrodysplasia, Anika Wehrle, John A. Follit, Gregory J. Pazour, Andrea Superti-Furga, Martin Lowe, Ekkehart Lausch

Open Access Articles

Odontochondrodysplasia (ODCD) is an unresolved genetic disorder of skeletal and dental development. Here, we show that ODCD is caused by hypomorphic TRIP11 mutations, and we identify ODCD as the nonlethal counterpart to achondrogenesis 1A (ACG1A), the known null phenotype in humans. TRIP11 encodes Golgi-associated microtubule-binding protein 210 (GMAP-210), an essential tether protein of the Golgi apparatus that physically interacts with intraflagellar transport 20 (IFT20), a component of the ciliary intraflagellar transport complex B. This association and extraskeletal disease manifestations in ODCD point to a cilium-dependent pathogenesis. However, our functional studies in patient-derived primary cells clearly support a Golgi-based disease mechanism ...


Ninjurin1 Positively Regulates Osteoclast Development By Enhancing The Survival Of Prefusion Osteoclasts, Sung-Jin Bae, Min Wook Shin, Taekwon Son, Hye Shin. Lee, Ji Soo Chae, Sejin Jeon, Goo Taeg Oh, Kyu-Won Kim Jan 2019

Ninjurin1 Positively Regulates Osteoclast Development By Enhancing The Survival Of Prefusion Osteoclasts, Sung-Jin Bae, Min Wook Shin, Taekwon Son, Hye Shin. Lee, Ji Soo Chae, Sejin Jeon, Goo Taeg Oh, Kyu-Won Kim

Open Access Articles

Osteoclasts (OCs) are bone-resorbing cells that originate from hematopoietic stem cells and develop through the fusion of mononuclear myeloid precursors. Dysregulation of OC development causes bone disorders such as osteopetrosis, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Although the molecular mechanisms underlying osteoclastogenesis have been well established, the means by which OCs maintain their survival during OC development remain unknown. We found that Ninjurin1 (Ninj1) expression is dynamically regulated during osteoclastogenesis and that Ninj1(-/-) mice exhibit increased trabecular bone volume owing to impaired OC development. Ninj1 deficiency did not alter OC differentiation, transmigration, fusion, or actin ring formation but increased Caspase-9-dependent intrinsic apoptosis ...


Differential Expression Of Zinc Transporters Accompanies The Differentiation Of C2c12 Myoblasts, Amanda L. Paskavitz, Julia Quintana, Daniella Cangussu, Cristina Tavera-Montanez, Yao Xiao, Sonia Ortiz-Mirnada, Juan G. Navea, Teresita Padilla-Benavides Sep 2018

Differential Expression Of Zinc Transporters Accompanies The Differentiation Of C2c12 Myoblasts, Amanda L. Paskavitz, Julia Quintana, Daniella Cangussu, Cristina Tavera-Montanez, Yao Xiao, Sonia Ortiz-Mirnada, Juan G. Navea, Teresita Padilla-Benavides

Open Access Articles

Zinc transporters facilitate metal mobilization and compartmentalization, playing a key role in cellular development. Little is known about the mechanisms and pathways of Zn movement between Zn transporters and metalloproteins during myoblast differentiation. We analyzed the differential expression of ZIP and ZnT transporters during C2C12 myoblast differentiation. Zn transporters account for a transient decrease of intracellular Zn upon myogenesis induction followed by a gradual increase of Zn in myotubes. Considering the subcellular localization and function of each of the Zn transporters, our findings indicate that a fine regulation is necessary to maintain correct metal concentrations in the cytosol and subcellular ...


Llc Tumor Cells-Derivated Factors Reduces Adipogenesis In Co-Culture System, Magno Alves Lopes, Felipe Oliveira Franco, Felipe Henriques, Sidney Barnabe Peres, Miguel Luiz Batista Jr. Jul 2018

Llc Tumor Cells-Derivated Factors Reduces Adipogenesis In Co-Culture System, Magno Alves Lopes, Felipe Oliveira Franco, Felipe Henriques, Sidney Barnabe Peres, Miguel Luiz Batista Jr.

Open Access Articles

Cancer cachexia (CC) is a multifactorial syndrome with an unknown etiology. The primary symptom is the progressive reduction of the body weight. Recently, down-regulation of adipogenic and lipogenic genes were demonstrated to be early affected during cachexia progression in adipose tissue (AT), resulting in AT remodeling. Thus, this study aimed to evaluate in a co-culture system the influence of the Lewis Lung Carcinoma (LLC) tumor cells (c/c-LLC) in an established pre-adipocyte cell line 3T3-L1 adipogenic capacity. c/c-LLC in the presence of 3T3-L1 caused a reduction in lipids accumulation, suggesting that secretory tumor cells products may affect adipogenesis. Interestingly ...


Etv4 Transcription Factor And Mmp13 Metalloprotease Are Interplaying Actors Of Breast Tumorigenesis, Mandy Dumortier, Franck Ladam, Isabelle Damour, Sophie Vacher, Ivan Bieche, Nathalie Marchand, Yvan De Launoit, David Tulasne, Anne Chotteau-Lelievre Jul 2018

Etv4 Transcription Factor And Mmp13 Metalloprotease Are Interplaying Actors Of Breast Tumorigenesis, Mandy Dumortier, Franck Ladam, Isabelle Damour, Sophie Vacher, Ivan Bieche, Nathalie Marchand, Yvan De Launoit, David Tulasne, Anne Chotteau-Lelievre

Open Access Articles

BACKGROUND: The ETS transcription factor ETV4 is involved in the main steps of organogenesis and is also a significant mediator of tumorigenesis and metastasis, such as in breast cancer. Indeed, ETV4 is overexpressed in breast tumors and is associated with distant metastasis and poor prognosis. However, the cellular and molecular events regulated by this factor are still misunderstood. In mammary epithelial cells, ETV4 controls the expression of many genes, MMP13 among them. The aim of this study was to understand the function of MMP13 during ETV4-driven tumorigenesis.

METHODS: Different constructs of the MMP13 gene promoter were used to study the ...


Neuronal Modulation Of Brown Adipose Activity Through Perturbation Of White Adipocyte Lipogenesis, Adilson L. Guilherme, David J. Pedersen, Felipe Henriques, Alexander H. Bedard, Elizabeth Henchey, Mark Kelly, Donald A. Morgan, Kamal Rahmouni, Michael P. Czech Jun 2018

Neuronal Modulation Of Brown Adipose Activity Through Perturbation Of White Adipocyte Lipogenesis, Adilson L. Guilherme, David J. Pedersen, Felipe Henriques, Alexander H. Bedard, Elizabeth Henchey, Mark Kelly, Donald A. Morgan, Kamal Rahmouni, Michael P. Czech

Open Access Articles

OBJECTIVE: Crosstalk between adipocytes and local neurons may be an important regulatory mechanism to control energy homeostasis. We previously reported that perturbation of adipocyte de novo lipogenesis (DNL) by deletion of fatty acid synthase (FASN) expands sympathetic neurons within white adipose tissue (WAT) and stimulates the appearance of "beige" adipocytes. Here we tested whether WAT DNL activity can also influence neuronal regulation and thermogenesis in brown adipose tissue (BAT).

METHODS AND RESULTS: Induced deletion of FASN in all adipocytes in mature mice (iAdFASNKO) enhanced sympathetic innervation and neuronal activity as well as UCP1 expression in both WAT and BAT. This ...


Small Rnas Gained During Epididymal Transit Of Sperm Are Essential For Embryonic Development In Mice, Colin C. Conine, Fengyun Sun, Lina Song, Jaime A. Rivera-Perez, Oliver J. Rando Apr 2018

Small Rnas Gained During Epididymal Transit Of Sperm Are Essential For Embryonic Development In Mice, Colin C. Conine, Fengyun Sun, Lina Song, Jaime A. Rivera-Perez, Oliver J. Rando

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The small RNA payload of mammalian sperm undergoes dramatic remodeling during development, as several waves of microRNAs and tRNA fragments are shipped to sperm during post-testicular maturation in the epididymis. Here, we take advantage of this developmental process to probe the function of the sperm RNA payload in preimplantation development. We generated zygotes via intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) using sperm obtained from the proximal (caput) vs. distal (cauda) epididymis, then characterized development of the resulting embryos. Embryos generated using caput sperm significantly overexpress multiple regulatory factors throughout preimplantation development, and subsequently implant inefficiently and fail soon after implantation. Remarkably, microinjection ...


Jip1-Mediated Jnk Activation Negatively Regulates Synaptic Plasticity And Spatial Memory, Caroline Morel, Tessi Sherrin, Norman J. Kennedy, Kelly H. Forest, Seda Barutcu, Michael Robles, Ezekiel Carpenter-Hyland, Naghum Alfulaij, Claire L. Standen, Robert A. Nichols, Morris Benveniste, Roger J. Davis, Cedomir Todorovic Apr 2018

Jip1-Mediated Jnk Activation Negatively Regulates Synaptic Plasticity And Spatial Memory, Caroline Morel, Tessi Sherrin, Norman J. Kennedy, Kelly H. Forest, Seda Barutcu, Michael Robles, Ezekiel Carpenter-Hyland, Naghum Alfulaij, Claire L. Standen, Robert A. Nichols, Morris Benveniste, Roger J. Davis, Cedomir Todorovic

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

The c-Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) signal transduction pathway is implicated in learning and memory. Here, we examined the role of JNK activation mediated by the JIP1 scaffold protein. We compared male wild-type mice with a mouse model harboring a point mutation in the Jip1 gene that selectively blocks JIP1-mediated JNK activation. These male mutant mice exhibited increased NMDA receptor currents, increased NMDA receptor-mediated gene expression, and a lower threshold for induction of hippocampal long-term potentiation. The JIP1 mutant mice also displayed improved hippocampus-dependent spatial memory and enhanced associative fear conditioning. These results were confirmed using a second JIP1 mutant mouse ...


A Parental Requirement For Dual-Specificity Phosphatase 6 In Zebrafish, Jennifer M. Maurer, Charles G. Sagerstrom Mar 2018

A Parental Requirement For Dual-Specificity Phosphatase 6 In Zebrafish, Jennifer M. Maurer, Charles G. Sagerstrom

Open Access Articles

BACKGROUND: Signaling cascades, such as the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathway, play vital roles in early vertebrate development. Signals through these pathways are initiated by a growth factor or hormone, are transduced through a kinase cascade, and result in the expression of specific downstream genes that promote cellular proliferation, growth, or differentiation. Tight regulation of these signals is provided by positive or negative modulators at varying levels in the pathway, and is required for proper development and function. Two members of the dual-specificity phosphatase (Dusp) family, dusp6 and dusp2, are believed to be negative regulators of the ERK pathway and ...


Temporal Regulation Of Chromatin During Myoblast Differentiation, Akihito Harada, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Anthony N. Imbalzano Dec 2017

Temporal Regulation Of Chromatin During Myoblast Differentiation, Akihito Harada, Yasuyuki Ohkawa, Anthony N. Imbalzano

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

The commitment to and execution of differentiation programmes involves a significant change in gene expression in the precursor cell to facilitate development of the mature cell type. In addition to being regulated by lineage-determining and auxiliary transcription factors that drive these changes, the structural status of the chromatin has a considerable impact on the transcriptional competence of differentiation-specific genes, which is clearly demonstrated by the large number of cofactors and the extraordinary complex mechanisms by which these genes become activated. The terminal differentiation of myoblasts to myotubes and mature skeletal muscle is an excellent system to illustrate these points. The ...


Xist Rna: A Window Into The Broader Role Of Rna In Nuclear Chromosome Architecture, Kevin Creamer, Jeanne B. Lawrence Nov 2017

Xist Rna: A Window Into The Broader Role Of Rna In Nuclear Chromosome Architecture, Kevin Creamer, Jeanne B. Lawrence

Open Access Articles

XIST RNA triggers the transformation of an active X chromosome into a condensed, inactive Barr body and therefore provides a unique window into transitions of higher-order chromosome architecture. Despite recent progress, how XIST RNA localizes and interacts with the X chromosome remains poorly understood. Genetic engineering of XIST into a trisomic autosome demonstrates remarkable capacity of XIST RNA to localize and comprehensively silence that autosome. Thus, XIST does not require X chromosome-specific sequences but operates on mechanisms available genome-wide. Prior results suggested XIST localization is controlled by attachment to the insoluble nuclear scaffold. Our recent work affirms that scaffold attachment ...


Regulation Of The Fgf/Erk Signaling Pathway: Roles In Zebrafish Gametogenesis And Embryogenesis, Jennifer M. Maurer Oct 2017

Regulation Of The Fgf/Erk Signaling Pathway: Roles In Zebrafish Gametogenesis And Embryogenesis, Jennifer M. Maurer

GSBS Dissertations and Theses

Signaling cascades, such as the extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) pathway, play vital roles in early vertebrate development. Signals through these pathways are initiated by a growth factor or hormone, are transduced through a kinase cascade, and result in the expression of specific downstream genes that promote cellular proliferation, growth, or differentiation. Tight regulation of these signals is provided by positive or negative modulators at varying levels in the pathway, and is required for proper development and function. Two members of the dual-specificity phosphatase (Dusp) family, dusp6 and dusp2, are believed to be negative regulators of the ERK pathway and are ...


Global Increase In Replication Fork Speed During A P57kip2-Regulated Erythroid Cell Fate Switch, Yung Hwang, Melinda Futran, Daniel Hidalgo, Ramona Pop, Divya Ramalingam Iyer, Ralph Scully, Nicholas R. Rhind, Merav Socolovsky May 2017

Global Increase In Replication Fork Speed During A P57kip2-Regulated Erythroid Cell Fate Switch, Yung Hwang, Melinda Futran, Daniel Hidalgo, Ramona Pop, Divya Ramalingam Iyer, Ralph Scully, Nicholas R. Rhind, Merav Socolovsky

Open Access Articles

Cell cycle regulators are increasingly implicated in cell fate decisions, such as the acquisition or loss of pluripotency and self-renewal potential. The cell cycle mechanisms that regulate these cell fate decisions are largely unknown. We studied an S phase-dependent cell fate switch, in which murine early erythroid progenitors transition in vivo from a self-renewal state into a phase of active erythroid gene transcription and concurrent maturational cell divisions. We found that progenitors are dependent on p57KIP2-mediated slowing of replication forks for self-renewal, a novel function for cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitors. The switch to differentiation entails rapid down-regulation of p57KIP2 with a ...


Kat-Independent Gene Regulation By Tip60 Promotes Esc Self-Renewal But Not Pluripotency, Diwash Acharya, Sarah J. Hainer, Yeonsoo Yoon, Feng Wang, Ingolf Bach, Jaime A. Rivera-Perez, Thomas G. Fazzio Apr 2017

Kat-Independent Gene Regulation By Tip60 Promotes Esc Self-Renewal But Not Pluripotency, Diwash Acharya, Sarah J. Hainer, Yeonsoo Yoon, Feng Wang, Ingolf Bach, Jaime A. Rivera-Perez, Thomas G. Fazzio

Pediatric Publications

Although histone-modifying enzymes are generally assumed to function in a manner dependent on their enzymatic activities, this assumption remains untested for many factors. Here, we show that the Tip60 (Kat5) lysine acetyltransferase (KAT), which is essential for embryonic stem cell (ESC) self-renewal and pre-implantation development, performs these functions independently of its KAT activity. Unlike ESCs depleted of Tip60, KAT-deficient ESCs exhibited minimal alterations in gene expression, chromatin accessibility at Tip60 binding sites, and self-renewal, thus demonstrating a critical KAT-independent role of Tip60 in ESC maintenance. In contrast, KAT-deficient ESCs exhibited impaired differentiation into mesoderm and endoderm, demonstrating a KAT-dependent function ...


Antisense Oligonucleotides Used To Target The Dux4 Mrna As Therapeutic Approaches In Faciosscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (Fshd), Eugenie Ansseau, Celine Vanderplanck, Armelle Wauters, Scott Q. Harper, Frederique Coppee, Alexandra Belayew Mar 2017

Antisense Oligonucleotides Used To Target The Dux4 Mrna As Therapeutic Approaches In Faciosscapulohumeral Muscular Dystrophy (Fshd), Eugenie Ansseau, Celine Vanderplanck, Armelle Wauters, Scott Q. Harper, Frederique Coppee, Alexandra Belayew

Wellstone Center for FSHD Publications

FacioScapuloHumeral muscular Dystrophy (FSHD) is one of the most prevalent hereditary myopathies and is generally characterized by progressive muscle atrophy affecting the face, scapular fixators; upper arms and distal lower legs. The FSHD locus maps to a macrosatellite D4Z4 repeat array on chromosome 4q35. Each D4Z4 unit contains a DUX4 gene; the most distal of which is flanked by a polyadenylation site on FSHD-permissive alleles, which allows for production of stable DUX4 mRNAs. In addition, an open chromatin structure is required for DUX4 gene transcription. FSHD thus results from a gain of function of the toxic DUX4 protein that normally ...


A Microrna Family Exerts Maternal Control On Sex Determination In C. Elegans, Katherine Mcjunkin, Victor R. Ambros Feb 2017

A Microrna Family Exerts Maternal Control On Sex Determination In C. Elegans, Katherine Mcjunkin, Victor R. Ambros

Program in Molecular Medicine Publications

Gene expression in early animal embryogenesis is in large part controlled post-transcriptionally. Maternally contributed microRNAs may therefore play important roles in early development. We elucidated a major biological role of the nematode mir-35 family of maternally contributed essential microRNAs. We show that this microRNA family regulates the sex determination pathway at multiple levels, acting both upstream of and downstream from her-1 to prevent aberrantly activated male developmental programs in hermaphrodite embryos. Both of the predicted target genes that act downstream from the mir-35 family in this process, suppressor-26 (sup-26) and NHL (NCL-1, HT2A, and LIN-41 repeat) domain-containing-2 (nhl-2), encode RNA-binding ...


Amplification Of Adipogenic Commitment By Vstm2a, Blandine Secco, Peter L. Lee, David A. Guertin, Mathieu Laplante Jan 2017

Amplification Of Adipogenic Commitment By Vstm2a, Blandine Secco, Peter L. Lee, David A. Guertin, Mathieu Laplante

UMass Metabolic Network Publications

Despite progress in our comprehension of the mechanisms regulating adipose tissue development, the nature of the factors that functionally characterize adipose precursors is still elusive. Defining the early steps regulating adipocyte development is needed for the generation of tools to control adipose tissue size and function. Here, we report the discovery of V-set and transmembrane domain containing 2A (VSTM2A) as a protein expressed and secreted by committed preadipocytes. VSTM2A expression is elevated in the early phases of adipogenesis in vitro and adipose tissue development in vivo. We show that VSTM2A-producing cells associate with the vasculature and express the common surface ...


Ctcf-Mediated Topological Boundaries During Development Foster Appropriate Gene Regulation, Varun Narendra, Milica Bulajic, Job Dekker, Esteban O. Mazzoni, Danny Reinberg Dec 2016

Ctcf-Mediated Topological Boundaries During Development Foster Appropriate Gene Regulation, Varun Narendra, Milica Bulajic, Job Dekker, Esteban O. Mazzoni, Danny Reinberg

Program in Systems Biology Publications

The genome is organized into repeating topologically associated domains (TADs), each of which is spatially isolated from its neighbor by poorly understood boundary elements thought to be conserved across cell types. Here, we show that deletion of CTCF (CCCTC-binding factor)-binding sites at TAD and sub-TAD topological boundaries that form within the HoxA and HoxC clusters during differentiation not only disturbs local chromatin domain organization and regulatory interactions but also results in homeotic transformations typical of Hox gene misregulation. Moreover, our data suggest that CTCF-dependent boundary function can be modulated by competing forces, such as the self-assembly of polycomb domains ...


Dna Methylation Directs Genomic Localization Of Mbd2 And Mbd3 In Embryonic Stem Cells, Sarah J. Hainer, Kurtis N. Mccannell, Jun Yu, Ly-Sha Ee, Lihua (Julie) Zhu, Oliver J. Rando, Thomas G. Fazzio Nov 2016

Dna Methylation Directs Genomic Localization Of Mbd2 And Mbd3 In Embryonic Stem Cells, Sarah J. Hainer, Kurtis N. Mccannell, Jun Yu, Ly-Sha Ee, Lihua (Julie) Zhu, Oliver J. Rando, Thomas G. Fazzio

Open Access Articles

Cytosine methylation is an epigenetic and regulatory mark that functions in part through recruitment of chromatin remodeling complexes containing methyl-CpG binding domain (MBD) proteins. Two MBD proteins, Mbd2 and Mbd3, were previously shown to bind methylated or hydroxymethylated DNA, respectively; however, both of these findings have been disputed. Here, we investigated this controversy using experimental approaches and re-analysis of published data and find no evidence for methylation-independent functions of Mbd2 or Mbd3. We show that chromatin localization of Mbd2 and Mbd3 is highly overlapping and, unexpectedly, we find Mbd2 and Mbd3 are interdependent for chromatin association. Further investigation reveals that ...


Intraflagellar Transport Protein Ift20 Is Essential For Male Fertility And Spermiogenesis In Mice, Zhengang Zhang, Wei Li, Yong Zhang, Ling Zhang, Maria E. Teves, Hong Liu, Jerome F. Strauss 3rd, Gregory J. Pazour, James A. Foster, Rex A. Hess, Zhibing Zhang Nov 2016

Intraflagellar Transport Protein Ift20 Is Essential For Male Fertility And Spermiogenesis In Mice, Zhengang Zhang, Wei Li, Yong Zhang, Ling Zhang, Maria E. Teves, Hong Liu, Jerome F. Strauss 3rd, Gregory J. Pazour, James A. Foster, Rex A. Hess, Zhibing Zhang

University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

Intraflagellar transport (IFT) is a conserved mechanism thought to be essential for the assembly and maintenance of cilia and flagella. However, little is known about its role in mammalian sperm flagella formation. To fill this gap, we disrupted the Ift20 gene in male germ cells. Homozygous mutant mice were infertile with significantly reduced sperm counts and motility. In addition, abnormally shaped elongating spermatid heads and bulbous round spermatids were found in the lumen of the seminiferous tubules. Electron microscopy revealed increased cytoplasmic vesicles, fiber-like structures, abnormal accumulation of mitochondria and a decrease in mature lysosomes. The few developed sperm had ...


Regulation Of X-Linked Gene Expression During Early Mouse Development By Rlim, Feng Wang, Jongdae Shin, Jeremy Shea, Jun Yu, Ana Boskovic, Meg Byron, Xiaochun Zhu, Alex K. Shalek, Aviv Regev, Jeanne B. Lawrence, Eduardo M. Torres, Lihua J. Zhu, Oliver J. Rando, Ingolf Bach Sep 2016

Regulation Of X-Linked Gene Expression During Early Mouse Development By Rlim, Feng Wang, Jongdae Shin, Jeremy Shea, Jun Yu, Ana Boskovic, Meg Byron, Xiaochun Zhu, Alex K. Shalek, Aviv Regev, Jeanne B. Lawrence, Eduardo M. Torres, Lihua J. Zhu, Oliver J. Rando, Ingolf Bach

Open Access Articles

Mammalian X-linked gene expression is highly regulated as female cells contain two and male one X chromosome (X). To adjust the X gene dosage between genders, female mouse preimplantation embryos undergo an imprinted form of X chromosome inactivation (iXCI) that requires both Rlim (also known as Rnf12) and the long non-coding RNA Xist. Moreover, it is thought that gene expression from the single active X is upregulated to correct for bi-allelic autosomal (A) gene expression. We have combined mouse genetics with RNA-seq on single mouse embryos to investigate functions of Rlim on the temporal regulation of iXCI and Xist. Our ...


Improved B Cell Development In Humanized Nod-Scid Il2rgammanull Mice Transgenically Expressing Human Stem Cell Factor, Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor And Interleukin-3, Sonal Jangalwe, Leonard D. Shultz, Anuja Mathew, Michael A. Brehm Aug 2016

Improved B Cell Development In Humanized Nod-Scid Il2rgammanull Mice Transgenically Expressing Human Stem Cell Factor, Granulocyte-Macrophage Colony-Stimulating Factor And Interleukin-3, Sonal Jangalwe, Leonard D. Shultz, Anuja Mathew, Michael A. Brehm

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INTRODUCTION: Immunodeficient mice engrafted with human immune systems support studies of human hematopoiesis and the immune response to human-specific pathogens. A significant limitation of these humanized mouse models is, however, a severely restricted ability of human B cells to undergo class switching and produce antigen-specific IgG after infection or immunization.

METHODS: In this study, we have characterized the development and function of human B cells in NOD-scid IL2Rgammanull (NSG) mice transgenically expressing human stem cell factor (SCF), granulocyte macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF), and IL-3 (NSG-SGM3) following engraftment with human hematopoietic stem cells, autologous fetal liver, and thymic tissues (bone marrow ...