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Type: Journal article
Title: Reduced polyalanine-expanded Arx mutant protein in developing mouse subpallium alters Lmo1 transcriptional regulation
Author: Lee, K.
Mattiske, T.
Kitamura, K.
Gecz, J.
Shoubridge, C.
Citation: Human Molecular Genetics, 2014; 23(4):1084-1094
Publisher: Oxford Univ Press
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0964-6906
Organisation: Robinson Institute
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Kristie Lee, Tessa Mattiske, Kunio Kitamura, Jozef Gecz and Cheryl Shoubridge
Abstract: Intellectual disability (ID) is a highly prevalent disorder that affects 1–3% of the population. The Aristaless-related homeobox gene (ARX) is a frequently mutated X-linked ID gene and encodes a transcription factor indispensable for proper forebrain, testis and pancreas development. Polyalanine expansions account for over half of all mutations in ARX and clinically give rise to a spectrum of ID and seizures. To understand how the polyalanine expansions cause the clinical phenotype, we studied mouse models of the two most frequent polyalanine expansion mutations (Arx(GCG)7 and Arx432-455dup24). Neither model showed evidence of protein aggregates; however, a marked reduction of Arx protein abundance within the developing forebrain was striking. Examining the expression of known Arx target genes, we found a more prominent loss of Lmo1 repression in Arx(GCG7)/Y compared with Arx432-455dup24/Y mice at 12.5 and 14.5 dpc, stages of peak neural proliferation and neurogenesis, respectively. Once neurogenesis concludes both mutant mouse models showed similar loss of Lmo1 repression. We propose that this temporal difference in the loss of Lmo1 repression may be one of the causes accounting for the phenotypic differences identified between the Arx(GCG)7and Arx432-455dup24 mouse models. It is yet to be determined what effect these mutations have on ARX protein in affected males in the human setting.
Keywords: Prosencephalon
Mice, Inbred C57BL
Mice, Transgenic
Homeodomain Proteins
Nuclear Proteins
Transcription Factors
Transcription, Genetic
Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
LIM Domain Proteins
Rights: © The Author 2013.
DOI: 10.1093/hmg/ddt503
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