The PIAS-like protein Zimp10 is essential for embryonic viability and proper vascular development

Jason Beliakoff, Jane Lee, Hiroo Ueno, Aparna Aiyer, Irving L. Weissman, Gregory S. Barsh, Robert Cardiff, Zijie Sun

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Abstract

Members of the PIAS (for protein inhibitor of activated STAT) family play critical roles in modulating the activity of a variety of transcriptional regulators. Zimp10, a novel PIAS-like protein, is a transcriptional coregulator and may be involved in the modification of chromatin through interactions with the SWI/SNF chromatin-remodeling complexes. Here, we investigate the biological role of Zimp10 in zimp10-deficient mice. Homozygosity for the Zimp10-targeted allele resulted in developmental arrest at approximately embryonic day 10.5. Analysis of knockout embryos revealed severe defects in the reorganization of the yolk sac vascular plexus. No significant abnormality in hematopoietic potential was observed in zimp10 null mice. Microarray and quantified reverse transcription-PCR analyses showed that the expression of the Fos family member Fra-1, which is involved in extraembryonic vascular development, was reduced in yolk sac tissues of zimp10 null embryos. Using fra-1 promoter/reporter constructs, we further demonstrate the regulatory role of Zimp10 on the transcription of Fra-1. This study provides evidence to demonstrate a crucial role for Zimp10 in vasculogenesis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)282-292
Number of pages11
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biology
Volume28
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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