Myogenin, a member of the MyoD family of helix-loop-helix proteins, can induce myogenesis in a wide range of cell types. In addition to activating muscle structural genes, members of the MyoD family can autoactivate their own and cross-activate one another's expression in transfected cells. This has led to the hypothesis that autoregulatory loops among these factors provide a mechanism for amplifying and maintaining the muscle-specific gene expression program in vivo. Here, we make use of myogenin-null mice to directly test this hypothesis. To investigate whether the myogenin protein autoregulates the myogenin gene during embryogenesis, we introduced a myogenin-lacZ transgene into mice harboring a null mutation at the myogenin locus. Despite a seven deficiency of skeletal muscle in myogenin-null neonates, the myogenin-lacZ transgene was expressed normally in myogenic cells throughout embryogenesis. These results show that myogenin is not required for regulation of the myogenin gene and argue against the existence of a myogenin autoregulatory loop in the embryo.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America|
|State||Published - Jan 17 1995|
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