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Dev Biol 2023 Jan 01;493:17-28. doi: 10.1016/j.ydbio.2022.10.009.
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Retinoic acid control of pax8 during renal specification of Xenopus pronephros involves hox and meis3.

Durant-Vesga J , Suzuki N , Ochi H , Le Bouffant R , Eschstruth A , Ogino H , Umbhauer M , Riou JF .

Development of the Xenopus pronephros relies on renal precursors grouped at neurula stage into a specific region of dorso-lateral mesoderm called the kidney field. Formation of the kidney field at early neurula stage is dependent on retinoic (RA) signaling acting upstream of renal master transcriptional regulators such as pax8 or lhx1. Although lhx1 might be a direct target of RA-mediated transcriptional activation in the kidney field, how RA controls the emergence of the kidney field remains poorly understood. In order to better understand RA control of renal specification of the kidney field, we have performed a transcriptomic profiling of genes affected by RA disruption in lateral mesoderm explants isolated prior to the emergence of the kidney field and cultured at different time points until early neurula stage. Besides genes directly involved in pronephric development (pax8, lhx1, osr2, mecom), hox (hoxa1, a3, b3, b4, c5 and d1) and the hox co-factor meis3 appear as a prominent group of genes encoding transcription factors (TFs) downstream of RA. Supporting the idea of a role of meis3 in the kidney field, we have observed that meis3 depletion results in a severe inhibition of pax8 expression in the kidney field. Meis3 depletion only marginally affects expression of lhx1 and aldh1a2 suggesting that meis3 principally acts upstream of pax8. Further arguing for a role of meis3 and hox in the control of pax8, expression of a combination of meis3, hoxb4 and pbx1 in animal caps induces pax8 expression, but not that of lhx1. The same combination of TFs is also able to transactivate a previously identified pax8 enhancer, Pax8-CNS1. Mutagenesis of potential PBX-Hox binding motifs present in Pax8-CNS1 further allows to identify two of them that are necessary for transactivation. Finally, we have tested deletions of regulatory sequences in reporter assays with a previously characterized transgene encompassing 36.5 ​kb of the X. tropicalis pax8 gene that allows expression of a truncated pax8-GFP fusion protein recapitulating endogenous pax8 expression. This transgene includes three conserved pax8 enhancers, Pax8-CNS1, Pax8-CNS2 and Pax8-CNS3. Deletion of Pax8-CNS1 alone does not affect reporter expression, but deletion of a 3.5 ​kb region encompassing Pax8-CNS1 and Pax8-CNS2 results in a severe inhibition of reporter expression both in the otic placode and kidney field domains.

PubMed ID: 36279927
Article link: Dev Biol

Species referenced: Xenopus tropicalis Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: aldh1a2 atf3 cited4 cyp26a1 cyp26c1 dhrs3 dusp6 dvl1 eomes fgf3 fgf8 foxa1 foxa2 foxd4l1.1 gbx2.2 greb1 hand1 hesx1 hnf1b hoxa1 hoxa3 hoxb4 hoxc5 hoxd1 irf1 irf6 irf6.2 irx3 jun klf10 lhx1 mecom meis3 mespa mespb ncoa2 nfkbia nr2f2 odc1 osr2 pax8 pbx1 phox2a rara rdh13 ripply3 rreb1 rxra sox17a sox17b.1 sox2 sox7 sp5 srebf2 tbx1 tbx2 tcf21 vegt zdhhc2 znf217 znf703 znf750
GO keywords: retinoic acid binding [+]
Morpholinos: meis3 MO2

Phenotypes: Xla Wt + Tg(Xtr.pax8:GFP){del_CNS1/2} (Fig. 7) [+]

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External Resources: GSE205827