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Title: Srf destabilizes cellular identity by suppressing cell-type-specific gene expression programs
Authors: Ikeda, Takashi
Hikichi, Takafusa
Miura, Hisashi
Shibata, Hirofumi
Mitsunaga, Kanae
Yamada, Yosuke  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Woltjen, Knut  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Miyamoto, Kei
Hiratani, Ichiro
Yamada, Yasuhiro
Hotta, Akitsu  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Yamamoto, Takuya  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Okita, Keisuke  kyouindb  KAKEN_id  orcid (unconfirmed)
Masui, Shinji
Author's alias: 池田, 隆
引地, 貴亮
柴田, 博史
光永, 佳奈枝
山田, 洋介
山田, 泰広
堀田, 秋津
山本, 拓也
沖田, 圭介
升井, 伸治
Issue Date: 11-Apr-2018
Publisher: Springer Nature
Journal title: Nature Communications
Volume: 9
Thesis number: 1387
Abstract: Multicellular organisms consist of multiple cell types. The identity of these cells is primarily maintained by cell-type-specific gene expression programs; however, mechanisms that suppress these programs are poorly defined. Here we show that serum response factor (Srf), a transcription factor that is activated by various extracellular stimuli, can repress cell-type-specific genes and promote cellular reprogramming to pluripotency. Manipulations that decrease β-actin monomer quantity result in the nuclear accumulation of Mkl1 and the activation of Srf, which downregulate cell-type-specific genes and alter the epigenetics of regulatory regions and chromatin organization. Mice overexpressing Srf exhibit various pathologies including an ulcerative colitis-like symptom and a metaplasia-like phenotype in the pancreas. Our results demonstrate an unexpected function of Srf via a mechanism by which extracellular stimuli actively destabilize cell identity and suggest Srf involvement in a wide range of diseases.
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DOI(Published Version): 10.1038/s41467-018-03748-1
PubMed ID: 29643333
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