University of Massachusetts Medical School Faculty Publications

UMMS Affiliation

RNA Therapeutics Institute; Program in Bioinformatics and Integrative Biology; Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Publication Date

2021-04-05

Document Type

Article Preprint

Disciplines

Cell and Developmental Biology | Genetics and Genomics

Abstract

In male mice, the transcription factor (TF) A-MYB initiates reprogramming of gene expression after spermatogonia enter meiosis. We report that A-MYB activates Tcfl5, a testis-specific TF first produced in pachytene spermatocytes. Subsequently, A-MYB and TCFL5 reciprocally reinforce their own transcription to establish an extensive circuit that regulates meiosis. TCFL5 promotes transcription of genes required for mRNA turnover, pachytene piRNA production, meiotic exit, and spermiogenesis. This transcriptional architecture is conserved in rhesus macaque, suggesting TCFL5 plays a central role in meiosis and spermiogenesis in placental mammals. Tcfl5em1/em1 mutants are sterile, and spermatogenesis arrests at the mid- or late-pachytene stage of meiosis.

Keywords

Genetics, transcription factors, meiosis, spermiogenesis, spermatogenesis

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DOI of Published Version

10.1101/2021.04.04.438419

Source

bioRxiv 2021.04.04.438419; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.04.04.438419. Link to preprint on bioRxiv.

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This article is a preprint. Preprints are preliminary reports of work that have not been certified by peer review.

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