Embryonic stem (ES) cells are pluripotent cells derived from the inner cell mass of blastocysts. Transcription factor STAT3 is essential for the self-renewal of ES cells. In this study, we searched for downstream molecules of STAT3 in ES cells. Using DNA chip analysis, we obtained zinc finger protein (Zfp)-57. The expression of Zfp-57 was restricted to undifferentiated ES cells and activation of STAT3 led to expression of Zfp-57. We also found that forced expression of a dominant-negative mutant of STAT3 or repression of Oct-3/4 expression led to down-regulation of Zfp-57. Targeted disruption of Zfp-57 resulted in no gross phenotypical defects, including expression of undifferentiated-state-specific genes. These data suggest that Zfp-57 is a downstream molecule of STAT3 and Oct-3/4 in ES cells, although dispensable for their self-renewal.
|ジャーナル||Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications|
|出版ステータス||Published - 2005 5 27|
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