A role for the POU-III transcription factor Brn-4 in the regulation of striatal neuron precursor differentiation

Takuya Shimazaki, Yvan Arsenijevic, Aimee K. Ryan, Michael G. Rosenfeld, Samuel Weiss

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Abstract

Both insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) induce the differentiation of post-mitotic neuronal precursors, derived from embryonic day 14 (E14) mouse striatal multipotent stem cells. Here we ask whether this differentiation is mediated by a member of the POU-III class of neural transcription factors. Exposure of stem cell progeny to either IGF-I or BDNF resulted in a rapid upregulation of Brn-4 mRNA and protein. Indirect immunocytochemistry with Brn-4 antiserum showed that the protein was expressed in newly generated neurons. Other POU-III genes, such as Brn-1 and Brn-2, did not exhibit this upregulation. Basic FGF, a mitogen for these neuronal precursors, did not stimulate Brn-4 expression. In the E14 mouse striatum, Brn-4-immunoreactive cells formed a boundary between the nestin-immunoreactive cells of the ventricular zone and the β-tubulin-immunoreactive neurons migrating into the mantle zone. Loss of Brn-4 function during the differentiation of stem cell-derived or primary E14 striatal neuron precursors, by inclusion of antisense oligonucleotides, caused a reduction in the number of β-tubulin-immunoreactive neurons. These findings suggest that Brn-4 mediates, at least in part, the actions of epigenetic signals that induce striatal neuron-precursor differentiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)444-456
Number of pages13
JournalEMBO Journal
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999 Jan 15
Externally publishedYes

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POU Domain Factors
Corpus Striatum
Neurons
Transcription Factors
Stem cells
Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor
Tubulin
Insulin-Like Growth Factor I
Up-Regulation
Stem Cells
Multipotent Stem Cells
Nestin
Antisense Oligonucleotides
Mitogens
Epigenomics
Immune Sera
Proteins
Genes
Immunohistochemistry
Messenger RNA

Keywords

  • Brn-4
  • Differentiation
  • Neurogenesis
  • Stem cells
  • Striatum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Cell Biology

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A role for the POU-III transcription factor Brn-4 in the regulation of striatal neuron precursor differentiation. / Shimazaki, Takuya; Arsenijevic, Yvan; Ryan, Aimee K.; Rosenfeld, Michael G.; Weiss, Samuel.

In: EMBO Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2, 15.01.1999, p. 444-456.

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Shimazaki, Takuya ; Arsenijevic, Yvan ; Ryan, Aimee K. ; Rosenfeld, Michael G. ; Weiss, Samuel. / A role for the POU-III transcription factor Brn-4 in the regulation of striatal neuron precursor differentiation. In: EMBO Journal. 1999 ; Vol. 18, No. 2. pp. 444-456.
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