Jmjd3 controls mesodermal and cardiovascular differentiation of embryonic stem cells

Kisho Ohtani, Cong Zhao, Gergana Dobreva, Yosif Manavski, Britta Kluge, Thomas Braun, Michael A. Rieger, Andreas M. Zeiher, Stefanie Dimmeler

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RATIONALE:: The developmental role of the H3K27 demethylases Jmjd3, especially its epigenetic regulation at target genes in response to upstream developmental signaling, is unclear. OBJECTIVE:: To determine the role of Jmjd3 during mesoderm and cardiovascular lineage commitment. METHODS AND RESULTS:: Ablation of Jmjd3 in mouse embryonic stem cells does not affect the maintenance of pluripotency and self-renewal but compromised mesoderm and subsequent endothelial and cardiac differentiation. Jmjd3 reduces H3K27me3 marks at the Brachyury promoter and facilitates the recruitment of β-catenin, which is critical for Wnt signal-induced mesoderm differentiation. CONCLUSIONS:: These data demonstrate that Jmjd3 is required for mesoderm differentiation and cardiovascular lineage commitment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)856-862
Number of pages7
JournalCirculation research
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Sept 13 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physiology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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