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See detailA systemic transcriptome analysis reveals the regulation of neural stem cell maintenance by an E2F1-miRNA feedback loop.
Palm, Thomas; Hemmer, Kathrin; Winter, Julia et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (2013), 41(6), 3699-712

Stem cell fate decisions are controlled by a molecular network in which transcription factors and miRNAs are of key importance. To systemically investigate their impact on neural stem cell (NSC ... [more ▼]

Stem cell fate decisions are controlled by a molecular network in which transcription factors and miRNAs are of key importance. To systemically investigate their impact on neural stem cell (NSC) maintenance and neuronal commitment, we performed a high-throughput mRNA and miRNA profiling and isolated functional interaction networks of involved mechanisms. Thereby, we identified an E2F1-miRNA feedback loop as important regulator of NSC fate decisions. Although E2F1 supports NSC proliferation and represses transcription of miRNAs from the miR-17 approximately 92 and miR-106a approximately 363 clusters, these miRNAs are transiently up-regulated at early stages of neuronal differentiation. In these early committed cells, increased miRNAs expression levels directly repress E2F1 mRNA levels and inhibit cellular proliferation. In mice, we demonstrated that these miRNAs are expressed in the neurogenic areas and that E2F1 inhibition represses NSC proliferation. The here presented data suggest a novel interaction mechanism between E2F1 and miR-17 approximately 92 / miR-106a approximately 363 miRNAs in controlling NSC proliferation and neuronal differentiation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe E3-ubiquitin ligase TRIM2 regulates neuronal polarization.
Khazaei, Mohammad R.; Bunk, Eva C.; Hillje, Anna-Lena et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (2011), 117(1), 29-37

The establishment of a polarized morphology with a single axon and multiple dendrites is an essential step during neuronal differentiation. This cellular polarization is largely depending on changes in ... [more ▼]

The establishment of a polarized morphology with a single axon and multiple dendrites is an essential step during neuronal differentiation. This cellular polarization is largely depending on changes in the dynamics of the neuronal cytoskeleton. Here, we show that the tripartite motif (TRIM)-NHL protein TRIM2 is regulating axon specification in cultured mouse hippocampal neurons, where one of several initially indistinguishable neurites is selected to become the axon. Suppression of TRIM2 by RNA interference results in the loss of neuronal polarity while over-expression of TRIM2 induces the specification of multiple axons. TRIM2 conducts its function during neuronal polarization by ubiquitination of the neurofilament light chain. Together, our results imply an important function of TRIM2 for axon outgrowth during development. [less ▲]

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See detailNeural stem cells maintain their stemness through protein kinase C zeta-mediated inhibition of TRIM32.
Hillje, Anna-Lena; Worlitzer, Maik M. A.; Palm, Thomas et al

in Stem Cells (2011), 29(9), 1437-47

Several studies over the last couple of years have delivered insights into the mechanisms that drive neuronal differentiation. However, the mechanisms that ensure the maintenance of stemness ... [more ▼]

Several studies over the last couple of years have delivered insights into the mechanisms that drive neuronal differentiation. However, the mechanisms that ensure the maintenance of stemness characteristics in neural stem cells over several rounds of cell divisions are still largely unknown. Here, we provide evidence that the neuronal fate determinant TRIM32 binds to the protein kinase C zeta. Through this interaction, TRIM32 is retained in the cytoplasm. However, during differentiation, this interaction is abrogated and TRIM32 translocates to the nucleus to initiate neuronal differentiation by targeting c-Myc for proteasomal degradation. [less ▲]

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