Faculty Research 1990 - 1999

The Etl-1 gene encodes a nuclear protein differentially expressed during early mouse development.

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Antibodies, Blastocyst: me, Cell-Nucleus: me, Fetal-Development: ph, Immunochemistry, Mice, Nuclear-Proteins: bi, ge, Proteins: bi, ge, Recombinant-Fusion-Proteins: bi, SUPPORT-NON-U-S-GOVT

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Dev Dyn 1993 Jul;197(3):227-37


Recently, we isolated a novel mouse gene, Etl-1 (Enhancer-trap-locus-1), whose deduced amino acid sequence shows in its C-terminal portion striking homology to the brahma protein (BRM), a transcriptional regulator of homeotic genes in Drosophila, and to SNF2/SWI2, a transcriptional regulator of various genes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Here we report the generation of antibodies against the Etl-1 gene product (ETL-1) and describe the subcellular localization as well as the expression and distribution of the ETL-1 protein during mouse pre- and early post-implantation development. ETL-1 is a nuclear protein and is expressed in a biphasic manner during early embryogenesis. Moderate levels of ETL-1 were detected in unfertilized and fertilized eggs but in the latter the protein was not concentrated in the pronuclei and seemed evenly distributed throughout the cytoplasm. In two-cell embryos nuclear ETL-1 protein accumulated transiently and levels decreased during subsequent cleavage development. After the morula stage, ETL-1 levels increased again; in blastocysts high levels of ETL-1 were present in inner cell mass cells whereas trophectoderm cells contained little or no ETL-1. During subsequent development essentially all cell types except parietal endoderm and trophoblast cells contained high levels of ETL-1. Our results imply that nuclear ETL-1 is dispensable for the progression to the two cell stage, and suggest that during cleavage ETL-1 might be needed at the onset of embryonic transcription. In blastocysts ETL-1 function might be specifically required in cells of the inner cell mass and later in most cells of the embryo proper and extraembryonic ectoderm lineage.

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