Journal article

A novel long non-coding RNA, Leat1, causes reduced anogenital distance and fertility in female mice

Deidre Mattiske, Richard R Behringer, Paul A Overbeek, Andrew J Pask

DIFFERENTIATION | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Defective anorectal and urogenital malformations are some of the most severe congenital anomalies encountered in children. Only a few molecular cues have been identified in early formation of the female urogenital system. Here we describe a novel long non-coding RNA molecule known as Leat1 (long non-coding RNA, EphrinB2 associated transcript 1). This lncRNA is syntenic with EfnB2 (which encodes EphrinB2) and expressed during embryonic development of the genital tubercle. While lncRNAs have varied functions, many are known to regulate their neighbouring genes. Eph/Ephrin bidirectional signaling molecules mediate many patterning pathways in early embryonic development, including cloacal septat..

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