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Sox genes in C. elegans: sox-2 role in postembryonic development
Vidal Iglesias, Berta
Agència de Gestió d'Ajuts Universitaris i de Recerca
Report for the scientific sojourn carried out at the Columbia University, United States, from 2010 to 2012. Expression of SoxB genes correlates with the commitment of cells to a neural fate; however, the relevance of SoxB proteins in early vertebrate neurogenesis has been difficult to prove genetically due to embryonic lethality and presumed redundant functions. The nematode C. Elegants has only 5 sox genes: sox-2 and sox-3 form the SoxB group while sem-2, sox-4 and egl-13 belong to other Sox groups. Our results show that sox-2 and sem-2 are the sox genes expressed earliest and in a broader manner during embryogenesis, being expressed in several neuronal progenitors. sox-3, sox-4 and egl-13 are expressed in few cells during late embryogenesis, when most neurons are already born. Both sox-2 and sem-2 null mutants are early larval lethal but do not show neuronal specification defects during embryonic development as indicated by quantification of a panneuronal reporter. Potential redundancy or compensatory mechanisms between different sox genes have been ruled out, strongly suggesting that sox genes are not required for specification of embryonically-derived neurons. However, at the first larval stage there are still several blast cells that will give rise to different postembryonic lineages, which generate several neurons amongst other cell types. nterestingly, sox-2 is expressed in many of these progenitor cells. Using mosaic analysis we have so far identified neurons derived from two different postembryonic lineages which fail to be generated in C. elegans sox-2 mutants. These results support the idea that postembryonic progenitor competence is compromised in the absence of sox-2.
04-06-2013
Sox genes
Neurogenesis
C. elegans
Postembryonic development
Developmental potential
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