Trim36/Haprin plays a critical role in the arrangement of somites during Xenopus embryogenesis

Emi Yoshigai, Shinobu Kawamura, Satoru Kuhara, Kosuke Tashiro

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The TRIM family members contain a tripartite motif (TRIM), which includes RING, B-box, and coiled-coil domains, or collectively RBCC. They have been implicated in a variety of biological processes, such as the regulation of differentiation and development, and oncogenesis. In this study, we discovered a novel function of the TRIM family in early development. We report the expression of Trim36/Haprin during Xenopus laevis early embryogenesis and its involvement in somite formation. Temporal expression analysis indicated that Trim36/Haprin was present throughout embryogenesis. Spatial expression analysis showed that its expression was mainly confined to the nervous system and a portion of the posterior somite. Morpholino-mediated knockdown of Trim36/Haprin markedly and specifically inhibited the somite formation. We conclude that Trim36/Haprin plays an important role in the arrangement of somites during their formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-432
Number of pages5
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 16 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology


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