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ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-170214-96
RFX transcription factors are essential for hearing in mice
Elkon, R., Milon, B., Morrison, L., Shah, M., Vijayakumar, S., Racherla, M., Leitch, C.C., Silipino, L., Hadi, S., Weiss-Gayet, M., Barras, E., Schmid, C.D., Ait-Lounis, A., Barnes, A., Song, Y., Eisenman, D.J., Eliyahu, E., Frolenkov, G.I., Strome, S.E., Durand, B., Zaghloul, N.A., Jones, S.M., Reith, W., Hertzano, R.
Date: 2015
Source: Nature communications 6: 8549 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Zaghloul, Norann A.
Keywords: Developmental biology, Hair cell, Transcription factors
Microarrays: GEO:GSE67479, GEO:GSE67480
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Animals, Newborn
  • Biological Evolution
  • Chromatin Immunoprecipitation
  • DNA-Binding Proteins/metabolism*
  • Female
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Hair Cells, Auditory/metabolism*
  • Hair Cells, Auditory/ultrastructure
  • Hearing/physiology*
  • Male
  • Mice, Inbred C57BL
  • Mice, Inbred ICR
  • Mice, Knockout
  • Multigene Family
  • Regulatory Factor X Transcription Factors
  • Regulatory Factor X1
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Transcription Factors/metabolism*
  • Transcriptome
  • Zebrafish
PubMed: 26469318 Full text @ Nat. Commun.
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ABSTRACT
Sensorineural hearing loss is a common and currently irreversible disorder, because mammalian hair cells (HCs) do not regenerate and current stem cell and gene delivery protocols result only in immature HC-like cells. Importantly, although the transcriptional regulators of embryonic HC development have been described, little is known about the postnatal regulators of maturating HCs. Here we apply a cell type-specific functional genomic analysis to the transcriptomes of auditory and vestibular sensory epithelia from early postnatal mice. We identify RFX transcription factors as essential and evolutionarily conserved regulators of the HC-specific transcriptomes, and detect Rfx1,2,3,5 and 7 in the developing HCs. To understand the role of RFX in hearing, we generate Rfx1/3 conditional knockout mice. We show that these mice are deaf secondary to rapid loss of initially well-formed outer HCs. These data identify an essential role for RFX in hearing and survival of the terminally differentiating outer HCs.
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