The heterochronic gene Lin28 regulates amphibian metamorphosis through disturbance of thyroid hormone function

Fernando Faunes, Daniel G. Gundermann, Rosana Muñoz, Renzo Bruno, Juan Larraín

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Metamorphosis is a classic example of developmental transition, which involves important morphological and physiological changes that prepare the organism for the adult life. It has been very well established that amphibian metamorphosis is mainly controlled by Thyroid Hormone (TH). Here, we show that the heterochronic gene Lin28 is downregulated during Xenopus laevis metamorphosis. Lin28 overexpression before activation of TH signaling delays metamorphosis and inhibits the expression of TH target genes. The delay in metamorphosis is rescued by incubation with exogenous TH, indicating that Lin28 works upstream or parallel to TH. High-throughput analyses performed before any delay on metamorphosis or change in TH signaling showed that overexpression of Lin28 reduces transcript levels of several hormones secreted by the pituitary, including the Thyroid-Stimulating Hormone (TSH), and regulates the expression of proteins involved in TH transport, metabolism and signaling, showing that Lin28 disrupts TH function at different levels. Our data demonstrates that the role of Lin28 in controlling developmental transitions is evolutionary conserved and establishes a functional interaction between Lin28 and thyroid hormone function introducing a new regulatory step in perinatal development with implications for our understanding of endocrine disorders.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)142-151
Número de páginas10
PublicaciónDevelopmental Biology
EstadoPublicada - 15 may. 2017

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Biología molecular
  • Biología del desarrollo
  • Biología celular


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