Developmental silencing and independency from E2F of apoptotic gene expression in postmitotic tissues

Jisheng Zhang, Núria Bahi, Ana M. Zubiaga, Joan X. Comella, Marta Llovera, Daniel Sanchis

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Abstract

The involvement of caspases in postmitotic cell death is controversial. Here we report that adult brain and heart are devoid of many key pro-apoptotic proteins due to a progressive postnatal silencing event involving a reduction of their transcript levels. E2F has been shown to control cell cycle progression and to be transcriptional activator of apoptotic genes. However, our data demonstrate that apoptotic gene expression in heart, brain and liver, as well as cardiac and neuronal apoptotic gene silencing during development, are E2F-independent events. Therefore, the genes regulating caspase-dependent cell death are expressed in embryonic organs in an E2F-independent manner and a developmental-related silencing event represses these genes in postmitotic adult tissues. © 2007 Federation of European Biochemical Societies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5781-5786
JournalFEBS Letters
Volume581
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2007

Keywords

  • Apoptosis
  • Brain
  • Caspase
  • Development
  • E2F
  • Heart

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