The Regulatory Factor ZFHX3 Modifies Circadian Function in SCN via an AT Motif-Driven Axis.
Bottom Line: Using RNA sequencing, we found minimal effects on core clock genes in Zfhx3(Sci/+) SCN, whereas the expression of neuropeptides critical for SCN intercellular signaling was significantly disturbed.Lentiviral transduction of SCN slices showed that the ZFHX3-mediated activation of AT motifs is circadian, with decreased amplitude and robustness of these oscillations in Zfhx3(Sci/+) SCN slices.In conclusion, by cloning Zfhx3(Sci), we have uncovered a circadian transcriptional axis that determines the period and robustness of behavioral and SCN molecular rhythms.
Affiliation: MRC Harwell, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0RD, UK.Show MeSH
Mentions: To construct a motif-binding model for ZFHX3, we searched the literature for previously identified binding sites (Figure S6). We used sequences from genes that are directly regulated through a characterized binding motif and generated the consensus sequence using a mixture model by multiple EM (expectation maximization) for motif elicitation (MEME) (Bailey and Elkan, 1994).
Affiliation: MRC Harwell, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Oxfordshire OX11 0RD, UK.