The Etv2-miR-130a Network Regulates Mesodermal Specification

Bhairab N. Singh, Yasuhiko Kawakami, Ryutaro Akiyama, Tara L. Rasmussen, Mary G. Garry, Wuming Gong, Satyabrata Das, Xiaozhong Shi, Naoko Koyano-Nakagawa, Daniel J. Garry

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MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are known to regulate critical developmental stages during embryogenesis. Here, we defined an Etv2-miR-130a cascade that regulates mesodermal specification and determination. Ablation of Dicer in the Etv2-expressing precursors resulted in altered mesodermal lineages and embryonic lethality. We identified miR-130a as a direct target of Etv2 and demonstrated its role in the segregation of bipotent hemato-endothelial progenitors toward the endothelial lineage. Gain-of-function experiments demonstrated that miR-130a promoted the endothelial program at the expense of the cardiac program without impacting the hematopoietic lineages. In contrast, CRISPR/Cas9-mediated knockout of miR-130a demonstrated a reduction of the endothelial program without affecting hematopoiesis. Mechanistically, miR-130a directly suppressed Pdgfra expression and promoted the endothelial program by blocking Pdgfra signaling. Inhibition or activation of Pdgfra signaling phenocopied the miR-130a overexpression and knockout phenotypes, respectively. In summary, we report the function of a miRNA that specifically promotes the divergence of the hemato-endothelial progenitor to the endothelial lineage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)915-923
Number of pages9
JournalCell reports
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 3 2015

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  • Dicer
  • Etv2
  • Lineage specification
  • MiR-130a
  • MicroRNA


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