A β-catenin-like molecule that regulates mesenchymal stem cell differentiation

Jeong-Ho Hong, Michael B. Yaffe

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Abstract

Regulating the switch between proliferation and differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells is critical for the development of normal tissues, and the prevention of tumors. How mesenchymal stem cells exit from the cell cycle and differentiate into alternative cell fates such as bone, fat, and muscle, is incompletely understood. We recently discovered that a WW domain-containing molecule, TAZ, functions as a transcriptional modulator to stimulate bone development while simultaneous blocking the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells into fat. These developmental effects occur through direct interaction between TAZ and the transcription factors Runx2 and PPARγ, resulting in transcriptional enhancement and repression, respectively of selective programs of gene expression. We propose that TAZ, as well as a highly related molecule YAP, are functionally, though not structurally, similar to β-catenin and integrate extracellular, membrane, and cytoskeletal-derived signals to influence mesenchymal stem cell fate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-179
Number of pages4
JournalCell Cycle
Volume5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 16
Externally publishedYes

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Catenins
Stem cells
Mesenchymal Stromal Cells
Cell Differentiation
Molecules
Bone
Fats
Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptors
Bone Development
Gene expression
Modulators
Muscle
Tumors
Cell Cycle
Transcription Factors
Cells
Switches
Tissue
Membranes
Gene Expression

Keywords

  • β-catenin
  • Differentiation
  • Mesenchymal stem cell
  • Osteoblast
  • PPARγ
  • Runx2
  • TAZ
  • Transcription
  • WW domain
  • YAP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

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A β-catenin-like molecule that regulates mesenchymal stem cell differentiation. / Hong, Jeong-Ho; Yaffe, Michael B.

In: Cell Cycle, Vol. 5, No. 2, 16.01.2006, p. 176-179.

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