Journal article

A novel evolutionary conserved mechanism of RNA stability regulates synexpression of primordial germ cell-specific genes prior to the sex-determination stage in medaka

Amaury Herpin, Cornelia Schmidt, Susanne Kneitz, Clara Gobe, Martina Regensburger, Aurelie Le Cam, Jerome Montfort, Mateus C Adolfi, Christina Lillesaar, Dagmar Wilhelm, Michael Kraeussling, Brigitte Mourot, Beatrice Porcon, Maelle Pannetier, Eric Pailhoux, Laurence Ettwiller, Dirk Dolle, Yann Guiguen, Manfred Schartl

PLOS BIOLOGY | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2019

Abstract

Dmrt1 is a highly conserved transcription factor, which is critically involved in regulation of gonad development of vertebrates. In medaka, a duplicate of dmrt1-acting as master sex-determining gene-has a tightly timely and spatially controlled gonadal expression pattern. In addition to transcriptional regulation, a sequence motif in the 3' UTR (D3U-box) mediates transcript stability of dmrt1 mRNAs from medaka and other vertebrates. We show here that in medaka, two RNA-binding proteins with antagonizing properties target this D3U-box, promoting either RNA stabilization in germ cells or degradation in the soma. The D3U-box is also conserved in other germ-cell transcripts, making them respons..

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