Durr, K., Holzschuh, J., Filippi, A., Ettl, A.K., Ryu, S., Shepherd, I.T., and Driever, W. (2006) Differential Roles of Transcriptional Mediator Complex Subunits Crsp34/Med27, Crsp150/Med14 and Trap100/Med24 During Zebrafish Retinal Development. Genetics. 174(2):693-705.
The transcriptional mediator complex has emerged as an important component of transcriptional regulation, yet it is largely unknown whether its subunits have differential functions in development. We demonstrate that the zebrafish mutation m885 disrupts a subunit of the mediator complex, Crsp34/Med27. In order to explore the role of the mediator in the control of retinal differentiation, we employed two additional mutations disrupting the mediator subunits Trap100/Med24 and Crsp150/Med14. Our analysis shows that loss of Crsp34/Med27 decreases amacrine cell number, but increases the number of rod photoreceptor cells. In contrast, loss of Trap100/Med24 decreases rod photoreceptor cells. Loss of Crsp150/Med14, on the other hand, only slightly reduces dopaminergic amacrine cells, which are absent from both crsp34(m885) and trap100(lessen) mutant embryos. Our data provide evidence for differential requirements for Crsp34/Med27 in developmental processes. In addition, our data point to divergent functions of the mediator subunits Crsp34/Med27, Trap100/Med24 and Crsp150/Med14, and thus, suggest that subunit composition of the mediator contributes to the control of differentiation in the vertebrate CNS.