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PLoS Genet ; 13(2): e1006610, 2017 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28166224


To date, mutations within the coding region and translocations around the SOX9 gene both constitute the majority of genetic lesions underpinning human campomelic dysplasia (CD). While pathological coding-region mutations typically result in a non-functional SOX9 protein, little is known about what mechanism(s) controls normal SOX9 expression, and subsequently, which signaling pathways may be interrupted by alterations occurring around the SOX9 gene. Here, we report the identification of Stat3 as a key modulator of Sox9 expression in nascent cartilage and developing chondrocytes. Stat3 expression is predominant in tissues of mesodermal origin, and its conditional ablation using mesoderm-specific TCre, in vivo, causes dwarfism and skeletal defects characteristic of CD. Specifically, Stat3 loss results in the expansion of growth plate hypertrophic chondrocytes and deregulation of normal endochondral ossification in all bones examined. Conditional deletion of Stat3 with a Sox9Cre driver produces palate and tracheal irregularities similar to those described in Sox9+/- mice. Furthermore, mesodermal deletion of Stat3 causes global embryonic down regulation of Sox9 expression and function in vivo. Mechanistic experiments ex vivo suggest Stat3 can directly activate the expression of Sox9 by binding to its proximal promoter following activation. These findings illuminate a novel role for Stat3 in chondrocytes during skeletal development through modulation of a critical factor, Sox9. Importantly, they further provide the first evidence for the modulation of a gene product other than Sox9 itself which is capable of modeling pathological aspects of CD and underscore a potentially valuable therapeutic target for patients with the disorder.

Displasia Campomélica/genética , Fatores de Transcrição SOX9/genética , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/genética , Animais , Displasia Campomélica/patologia , Diferenciação Celular/genética , Condrócitos/metabolismo , Condrócitos/patologia , Condrogênese/genética , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Regulação da Expressão Gênica no Desenvolvimento , Humanos , Mesoderma/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Mesoderma/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Transgênicos , Osteogênese/genética , Fenótipo , Fatores de Transcrição SOX9/biossíntese , Fator de Transcrição STAT3/metabolismo , Transdução de Sinais
Inorg Chem ; 53(12): 6022-33, 2014 Jun 16.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24901836


Eleven new mononuclear manganese(III) complexes prepared from two hexadentate ligands, L1 and L2, with different degrees of steric bulk in the substituents are reported. L1 and L2 are Schiff bases resulting from condensation of N,N'-bis(3-aminopropyl)ethylenediamine with 3-methoxy-2-hydroxybenzaldehyde and 3-ethoxy-2-hydroxybenzaldehyde respectively, and are members of a ligand series we have abbreviated as R-Sal2323 to indicate the 323 alkyl connectivity in the starting tetraamine and the substitution (R) on the phenolate ring. L1 hosts a methoxy substituent on both phenolate rings, while L2 bears a larger ethoxy group in the same position. Structural and magnetic properties are reported in comparison with those of a previously reported analogue with L1, namely, [MnL1]NO3, (1e). The BPh4(-) and PF6(-) complexes [MnL1]BPh4, (1a), [MnL2]BPh4, (2a), [MnL1]PF6, (1b'), and [MnL2]PF6, (2b), with both ligands L1 and L2, remain high-spin (HS) over the measured temperature range. However, the monohydrate of (1b') [MnL1]PF6·H2O, (1b), shows gradual spin-crossover (SCO), as do the ClO4(-), BF4(-), and NO3(-) complexes [MnL1]ClO4·H2O, (1c), [MnL2]ClO4, (2c), [MnL1]BF4·H2O, (1d), [MnL2]BF4·0.4H2O, (2d), [MnL1]NO3, (1e), and [MnL2]NO3·EtOH, (2e). The three complexes formed with ethoxy-substituted ligand L2 all show a higher T1/2 than the analogous complexes with methoxy-substituted ligand L1. Analysis of distortion parameters shows that complexes formed with the bulkier ligand L2 exhibit more deformation from perfect octahedral geometry, leading to a higher T1/2 in the SCO examples, where T1/2 is the temperature where the spin state is 50% high spin and 50% low spin. Spin state assignment in the solid state is shown to be solvate-dependent for complexes (1b) and (2e), and room temperature UV-visible and NMR spectra indicate a solution-state spin assignment intermediate between fully HS and fully low spin in 10 complexes, (1a)-(1e) and (2a)-(2e).