Dev Biol 2022 Jun 11;489:62-75. Epub 2022 Jun 11.
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2300 I (eye) Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20037, USA. Electronic address:
Mcrs1 is a multifunctional protein that is critical for many cellular processes in a wide range of cell types. Previously, we showed that Mcrs1 binds to the Six1 transcription factor and reduces the ability of the Six1-Eya1 complex to upregulate transcription, and that Mcrs1 loss-of-function leads to the expansion of several neural plate genes, reduction of neural border and pre-placodal ectoderm (PPR) genes, and pleiotropic effects on various neural crest (NC) genes. Because the affected embryonic structures give rise to several of the cranial tissues affected in Branchio-otic/Branchio-oto-renal (BOR) syndrome, herein we tested whether these gene expression changes subsequently alter the development of the proximate precursors of BOR affected structures - the otic vesicles (OV) and branchial arches (BA). Read More