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Dev Biol February 1, 2005; 278 (1): 22-34.

The expression and function of MTG/ETO family proteins during neurogenesis.

Koyano-Nakagawa N , Kintner C .

The proneural basic helix-loop-helix (bHLH) proteins promote neurogenesis by inducing changes in gene expression required for neuronal differentiation. Here we characterize one aspect of this differentiation program by analyzing a small family of putative corepressors encoded by MTG genes. We show that MTG genes are expressed sequentially during neurogenesis as cells undergo neuronal differentiation in both the chick spinal cord and in the Xenopus primary nervous system. Using in ovo electroporation, we show that misexpressing wild-type forms of MTG proteins in the developing chick spinal cord does not detectably alter neuronal differentiation. By contrast, the number of differentiated neurons is markedly reduced when a putative dominant-negative mutant of the MTG proteins is expressed in neural precursors in a manner that can be rescued by wild-type MTGR1. Together, these results suggest that MTG family members act downstream of proneural proteins, presumably as corepressors, to promote neuronal differentiation.

PubMed ID: 15649458
Article link: Dev Biol
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Genes referenced: cbfa2t2 cbfa2t3 prss3 runx1t1

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