ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-130903-52
Pou5f1 transcription factor controls zygotic gene activation in vertebrates
Leichsenring, M., Maes, J., Mössner, R., Driever, W., and Onichtchouk, D.
Date: 2013
Source: Science (New York, N.Y.)   341(6149): 1005-1009 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Driever, Wolfgang
Keywords: none
Microarrays: GEO:GSE39780, GEO:GSE41107
MeSH Terms:
  • Animals
  • Binding Sites
  • DNA Polymerase II/metabolism
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental*
  • Octamer Transcription Factor-3/genetics
  • Octamer Transcription Factor-3/metabolism*
  • Pluripotent Stem Cells/cytology
  • Pluripotent Stem Cells/physiology
  • SOXB1 Transcription Factors/metabolism
  • Transcriptional Activation*
  • Xenopus Proteins/metabolism
  • Zebrafish/embryology*
  • Zebrafish/genetics
  • Zebrafish Proteins/genetics
  • Zebrafish Proteins/metabolism*
  • Zygote/metabolism*
PubMed: 23950494 Full text @ Science

The development of multicellular animals is initially controlled by maternal gene products deposited in the oocyte. During the maternal-to-zygotic transition, transcription of zygotic genes commences, and developmental control starts to be regulated by zygotic gene products. In Drosophila, the transcription factor Zelda specifically binds to promoters of the earliest zygotic genes and primes them for activation. It is unknown whether a similar regulation exists in other animals. We found that zebrafish Pou5f1, a homolog of the mammalian pluripotency transcription factor Oct4, occupies SOX-POU binding sites before the onset of zygotic transcription and activates the earliest zygotic genes. Our data position Pou5f1 and SOX-POU sites at the center of the zygotic gene activation network of vertebrates and provide a link between zygotic gene activation and pluripotency control.