Molecular coupling of Xist regulation and pluripotency

Pablo Navarro, Ian Chambers, Violetta Karwacki-Neisius, Corinne Chureau, Celine Morey, Claire Rougeulle, Philip Avner

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During mouse embryogenesis, reversion of imprinted X chromosome inactivation in the pluripotent inner cell mass of the female blastocyst is initiated by the repression of Xist from the paternal X chromosome. Here we report that key factors supporting pluripotency-Nanog, Oct3/4, and Sox2-bind within Xist intron 1 in undifferentiated embryonic stem ( ES) cells. Whereas Nanog null ES cells display a reversible and moderate up- regulation of Xist in the absence of any apparent modification of Oct3/4 and Sox2 binding, the drastic release of all three factors from Xist intron 1 triggers rapid ectopic accumulation of Xist RNA. We conclude that the three main genetic factors underlying pluripotency cooperate to repress Xist and thus couple X inactivation reprogramming to the control of pluripotency during embryogenesis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1693-1695
Number of pages3
Issue number5896
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2008


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