Balzer E, Heine C, Jiang Q, Lee VM, Moss EG.. LIN28 alters cell fate succession and acts independently of the let-7 microRNA during neurogliogenesis in vitro. Development 137: 891-900

Department of Molecular Biology, The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Stratford, NJ 08084, USA.
Development (Impact Factor: 6.46). 03/2010; 137(6):891-900. DOI: 10.1242/dev.042895
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LIN28 is an RNA-binding protein that is expressed in many developing tissues. It can block let-7 (Mirlet7) microRNA processing and help promote pluripotency. We have observed LIN28 expression in the developing mouse neural tube, colocalizing with SOX2, suggesting a role in neural development. To better understand its normal developmental function, we investigated LIN28 activity during neurogliogenesis in vitro, where the succession of neuronal to glial cell fates occurs as it does in vivo. LIN28 expression was high in undifferentiated cells, and was downregulated rapidly upon differentiation. Constitutive LIN28 expression caused a complete block of gliogenesis and an increase in neurogenesis. LIN28 expression was compatible with neuronal differentiation and did not increase proliferation. LIN28 caused significant changes in gene expression prior to any effect on let-7, notably on Igf2. Furthermore, a mutant LIN28 that permitted let-7 accumulation was still able to completely block gliogenesis. Thus, at least two biological activities of LIN28 are genetically separable and might involve distinct mechanisms. LIN28 can differentially promote and inhibit specific fates and does not function exclusively by blocking let-7 family microRNAs. Importantly, the role of LIN28 in cell fate succession in vertebrate cells is analogous to its activity as a developmental timing regulator in C. elegans.

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    • "On a cellular level, Lin28a and Lin28b operate in separate compartments of the cell (Piskounova et al. 2011). Lin28a and Lin28b exert most of their effects through inhibition of let-7 levels but also have let-7 independent functions (Polesskaya et al. 2007, Balzer et al. 2010, Qiu et al. 2010, Peng et al. 2011, Wilbert et al. 2012). For example, it has been shown that Lin28a can bind mRNA directly and stimulate translation (Polesskaya et al. 2007, Qiu et al. 2010) via motifs that are found in many genes (Peng et al. 2011, Wilbert et al. 2012). "
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    • "Furthermore, miRNAs stimulate RNA-silencing complexes to induce degradation, destabilization, and/or translational inhibition of target mRNAs (Bartel, 2009; Guo et al., 2010; Huntzinger and Izaurralde, 2011) and are seemingly involved in almost all cellular events, including the determination of cell fate (Ebert and Sharp, 2012; Friedman et al., 2009). In the developing mammalian CNS, various miRNAs participate in the control of neural stem cell self-renewal, proliferation, and differentiation (Balzer et al., 2010; Cimadamore et al., 2013; Li and Jin, 2010; Naka-Kaneda et al., 2014; Neo et al., 2014; Qureshi and Mehler, 2012; Shibata et al., 2011; Visvanathan et al., 2007; Yoo et al., 2009; Zhao et al., 2009). This study identifies miR-153 as a regulator of the initiation of gliogenesis in the developing CNS. "
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    • "This is important in the regulation of differentiation (15,16), especially as LIN28 and let-7 form a regulatory negative feedback loop (17). Interestingly, let-7-independent translation regulation by LIN28 occurs before the let-7-dependent step in Caenorhabditis elegans (18,19). LIN28 enhances translation, in a let-7-independent manner, of mRNAs important for cell growth in embryonic stem cells via the recruitment of RNA helicase A to polysomes (20–22). "
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