Department of Pathology; Department of Cell Biology
Cell Biology | Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences
SNF5/INI1 is a component of the ATP-dependent chromatin remodeling enzyme family SWI/SNF. Germ line mutations of INI1 have been identified in children with brain and renal rhabdoid tumors, indicating that INI1 is a tumor suppressor. Here we report that disruption of Ini1 expression in mice results in early embryonic lethality. Ini1-null embryos die between 3.5 and 5.5 days postcoitum, and Ini1-null blastocysts fail to hatch, form the trophectoderm, or expand the inner cell mass when cultured in vitro. Furthermore, we report that approximately 15% of Ini1-heterozygous mice present with tumors, mostly undifferentiated or poorly differentiated sarcomas. Tumor formation is associated with a loss of heterozygocity at the Ini1 locus, characterizing Ini1 as a tumor suppressor in mice. Thus, Ini1 is essential for embryo viability and for repression of oncogenesis in the adult organism.
DOI of Published Version
Mol Cell Biol. 2001 May;21(10):3598-603. Link to article on publisher's site
Molecular and cellular biology
Guidi CJ, Sands AT, Zambrowicz BP, Turner TK, Demers DA, Webster W, Smith TW, Imbalzano AN, Jones SN. (2001). Disruption of Ini1 leads to peri-implantation lethality and tumorigenesis in mice. GSBS Student Publications. https://doi.org/10.1128/MCB.21.10.3598-3603.2001. Retrieved from https://escholarship.umassmed.edu/gsbs_sp/454