MiR-29b controls fetal mouse neurogenesis by regulating ICAT-mediated Wnt/β-catenin signaling

J. Shin, Y. Shin, S. M. Oh, H. Yang, W. J. Yu, J. P. Lee, S. O. Huh, S. H. Lee, Y. H. Suh, S. Chung, H. S. Kim

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β-Catenin has been widely implicated in the regulation of mammalian development and cellular homeostasis. However, the mechanisms by which Wnt/β-catenin signaling components regulate physiological events during brain development remain undetermined. Inactivation of glycogen synthase kinase (GSK)-3β leads to β-catenin accumulation in the nucleus, where it couples with T-cell factor (TCF), an association that is disrupted by ICAT (inhibitor of β-catenin and T cell factor). In this study, we sought to determine whether regulation of ICAT by members of the microRNA-29 family plays a role during neurogenesis and whether deregulation of ICAT results in defective neurogenesis due to impaired β-catenin-mediated signaling. We found that miR-29b, but not miR-29a or 29c, is significantly upregulated in three-dimensionally cultured neural stem cells (NSCs), whereas ICAT is reduced as aged. Treatment with a miR-29b reduced the reporter activity of a luciferase-ICAT 3'-UTR construct whereas a control (scrambled) miRNA oligonucleotide did not, indicating that miR-29b directly targets the 3'-UTR of ICAT. We also found that treatment with miR-29b diminished NSC self-renewal and proliferation, and controlled their fate, directing their differentiation along certain cell lineages. Furthermore, our in vivo results showed that inhibition of miR-29b by in utero electroporation induced a profound defect in corticogenesis during mouse development. Taken together, our results demonstrate that miR-29b plays a pivotal role in fetal mouse neurogenesis by regulating ICAT-mediated Wnt/β-catenin signaling.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere1473
JournalCell Death and Disease
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

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Acknowledgements. We thank Drs. Jon Weiner, Stefan Arold, and Debra Meyer for helpful discussions, and H Aguilar and S Han for technical assistance. This work was financially supported by grants from Korea Healthcare Technology R&D Project (HI11C1186) by Ministry for Health, Welfare and Family Affairs, South Korea (to H-SK) and in part by Seoul National University Bundang Hospital Research Fund (03-2012-016). In addition, this work was financially supported by NRF 2013R1A2A2A03016122 (to SC and YS) and Korea Ministry of Environment GT-11-G-02-001-1 (to SC and YS).

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience
  • Cell Biology
  • Cancer Research


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