Regulation of Neural Precursor Self-renewal via E2F3-dependent Transcriptional Control of EZH2

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Title: Regulation of Neural Precursor Self-renewal via E2F3-dependent Transcriptional Control of EZH2
Authors: Pakenham, Catherine
Date: 2013
Abstract: Our lab has recently found that E2F3, an essential cell cycle regulator, regulates the self-renewal capacity of neural precursor cells (NPCs) in the developing mouse brain. Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) and immunoblotting techniques revealed several E2F3 target genes, including the polycomb group (PcG) protein, EZH2. Further ChIP and immunoblotting techniques identified the neural stem cell self-renewal regulators p16INK4a and Sox2 as shared gene targets of E2F3 and PcG proteins, indicating that E2F3 and PcG proteins may co-regulate these target genes. E2f3-/- NPCs demonstrated dysregulated expression of EZH2, p16INK4a, and SOX2 and decreased enrichment of PcG proteins at target genes. Restoring EZH2 expression to E2f3+/+ levels restores p16INK4a and SOX2 expression levels to near E2f3+/+ levels, and also partially rescues NPC self-renewal capacity toward E2f3+/+ levels. Taken together, these results suggest that E2F3 controls NPC self-renewal by modulating expression of p16INK4a and SOX2 via regulation of PcG expression, and potentially PcG recruitment.
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/23812
http://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-6468
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