Distinct SoxB1 networks are required for naïve and primed pluripotency

Andrea Corsinotti, Frederick C K Wong, Tülin Tatar, Iwona Szczerbinska, Florian Halbritter, Douglas Colby, Sabine Gogolok, Raphaël Pantier, Kirsten Liggat, Elham S Mirfazeli, Elisa Hall-Ponsele, Nicholas P Mullin, Valerie Wilson, Ian Chambers

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Abstract / Description of output

Deletion of Sox2 from mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs) causes trophectodermal differentiation. While this can be prevented by enforced expression of the related SOXB1 proteins, SOX1 or SOX3, the roles of SOXB1 proteins in epiblast stem cell (EpiSC) pluripotency are unknown. Here, we show that Sox2 can be deleted from EpiSCs with impunity. This is due to a shift in the balance of SoxB1 expression in EpiSCs, which have decreased Sox2 and increased Sox3 compared to ESCs. Consistent with functional redundancy, Sox3 can also be deleted from EpiSCs without eliminating self-renewal. However, deletion of both Sox2 and Sox3 prevents self-renewal. The overall SOXB1 levels in ESCs affect differentiation choices: neural differentiation of Sox2 heterozygous ESCs is compromised, while increased SOXB1 levels divert the ESC to EpiSC transition towards neural differentiation. Therefore, optimal SOXB1 levels are critical for each pluripotent state and for cell fate decisions during exit from naïve pluripotency.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere27746
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2017

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • embryonic stem cells
  • epiblast stem cells
  • pluripotency
  • sox
  • developmental biology
  • mouse
  • stem cells
  • transcription factors


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