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Title: A genetic and developmental pathway from STAT3 to the OCT4-NANOG circuit is essential for maintenance of ICM lineages in vivo
Authors: Do, D.V.
Ueda, J.
Messerschmidt, D.M.
Lorthongpanich, C.
Zhou, Y.
Feng, B.
Guo, G.
Lin, P.J.
Hossain, M.Z.
Zhang, W.
Moh, A.
Wu, Q. 
Robson, P.
Ng, H.H.
Poellinger, L.
Knowles, B.B.
Solter, D.
Fu, X.-Y.
Keywords: Embryogenesis
Embryonic stem cell
Inner cell mass
Issue Date: 15-Jun-2013
Citation: Do, D.V., Ueda, J., Messerschmidt, D.M., Lorthongpanich, C., Zhou, Y., Feng, B., Guo, G., Lin, P.J., Hossain, M.Z., Zhang, W., Moh, A., Wu, Q., Robson, P., Ng, H.H., Poellinger, L., Knowles, B.B., Solter, D., Fu, X.-Y. (2013-06-15). A genetic and developmental pathway from STAT3 to the OCT4-NANOG circuit is essential for maintenance of ICM lineages in vivo. Genes and Development 27 (12) : 1378-1390. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Although it is known that OCT4-NANOG are required for maintenance of pluripotent cells in vitro, the upstream signals that regulate this circuit during early development in vivo have not been identified. Here we demonstrate, for the first time, signal transducers and activators of transcription 3 (STAT3)-dependent regulation of the OCT4- NANOG circuitry necessary to maintain the pluripotent inner cell mass (ICM), the source of in vitro-derived embryonic stem cells (ESCs). We show that STAT3 is highly expressed in mouse oocytes and becomes phosphorylated and translocates to the nucleus in the four-cell and later stage embryos. Using leukemia inhibitory factor (Lif)-null embryos, we found that STAT3 phosphorylation is dependent on LIF in four-cell stage embryos. In blastocysts, interleukin 6 (IL-6) acts in an autocrine fashion to ensure STAT3 phosphorylation, mediated by janus kinase 1 (JAK1), a LIF- and IL-6-dependent kinase. Using genetically engineered mouse strains to eliminate Stat3 in oocytes and embryos, we firmly establish that STAT3 is essential for maintenance of ICM lineages but not for ICM and trophectoderm formation. Indeed, STAT3 directly binds to the Oct4 and Nanog distal enhancers, modulating their expression to maintain pluripotency of mouse embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. These results provide a novel genetic model of cell fate determination operating through STAT3 in the preimplantation embryo and pluripotent stem cells in vivo. © 2013 by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press.
Source Title: Genes and Development
ISSN: 08909369
DOI: 10.1101/gad.221176.113
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