GSBS Student Publications

Title

FBF represses the Cip/Kip cell-cycle inhibitor CKI-2 to promote self-renewal of germline stem cells in C. elegans

Student Author(s)

Brian Farley

GSBS Program

Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Date

8-5-2011

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Animals; Caenorhabditis elegans; Caenorhabditis elegans Proteins; *Cell Cycle; Cells, Cultured; Cyclin-Dependent Kinase Inhibitor Proteins; *Gene Expression Regulation; RNA-Binding Proteins; Stem Cells

Disciplines

Cell Biology | Genetics and Genomics | Molecular Genetics

Abstract

Although the decision between stem cell self-renewal and differentiation has been linked to cell-cycle modifications, our understanding of cell-cycle regulation in stem cells is very limited. Here, we report that FBF/Pumilio, a conserved RNA-binding protein, promotes self-renewal of germline stem cells by repressing CKI-2(Cip/Kip), a Cyclin E/Cdk2 inhibitor. We have previously shown that repression of CYE-1 (Cyclin E) by another RNA-binding protein, GLD-1/Quaking, promotes germ cell differentiation. Together, these findings suggest that a post-transcriptional regulatory circuit involving FBF and GLD-1 controls the self-renewal versus differentiation decision in the germline by promoting high CYE-1/CDK-2 activity in stem cells, and inhibiting CYE-1/CDK-2 activity in differentiating cells.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: EMBO J. 2011 Aug 5;30(18):3823-9. doi: 10.1038/emboj.2011.263. Link to article on publisher's site

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

Journal Title

The EMBO journal

PubMed ID

21822213