Sox9 and NFIA Coordinate a Transcriptional Regulatory Cascade during the Initiation of Gliogenesis

Peng Kang, Hyun Kyoung Lee, Stacey M. Glasgow, Meggie Finley, Tataka Donti, Zachary B. Gaber, Brett H. Graham, Aaron E. Foster, Bennett G. Novitch, Richard M. Gronostajski, Benjamin Deneen

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Abstract

Transcriptional cascades that operate over the course of lineage development are fundamental mechanisms that control cellular differentiation. In the developing central nervous system (CNS), these mechanisms are well characterized during neurogenesis, but remain poorly defined during neural stem cell commitment to the glial lineage. NFIA is a transcription factor that plays a crucial role in the onset of gliogenesis; we found that its induction is regulated by the transcription factor Sox9 and that this relationship mediates the initiation of gliogenesis. Subsequently, Sox9 and NFIA form a complex and coregulate a set of genes induced after glial initiation. Functional studies revealed that a subset of these genes, . Apcdd1 and . Mmd2, perform key migratory and metabolic roles during astro-gliogenesis, respectively. In sum, these studies delineate a transcriptional regulatory cascade that operates during the initiation of gliogenesis and identifies a unique set of genes that regulate key aspects of astro-glial precursor physiology during development. Transcriptional cascades are fundamental mechanisms that control lineage development. Kang et al. report that Sox9 and NFIA comprise such a transcriptional cascade during neural stem cell commitment to the glial lineage. Furthermore, Sox9 and NFIA associate and coregulate a select set of glial-specific genes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)79-94
Number of pages16
JournalNeuron
Volume74
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 12 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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