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2A-DUB/Mysm1 Regulates Epidermal Development in Part by Suppressing p53-Mediated Programs

Department of Dermatology and Allergic Diseases, University of Ulm, 89081 Ulm, Germany
Institute and Out-Patient Clinic of Occupational, Social, and Environmental Medicine, Friedrich-Alexander University, 91054 Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Heidelberg, 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT), 69120 Heidelberg, Germany
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These authors contributed equally to this work.
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19(3), 687;
Received: 30 January 2018 / Revised: 18 February 2018 / Accepted: 27 February 2018 / Published: 28 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Molecular Research of Epidermal Stem Cells 2017)
Development and homeostasis of the epidermis are governed by a complex network of sequence-specific transcription factors and epigenetic modifiers cooperatively regulating the subtle balance of progenitor cell self-renewal and terminal differentiation. To investigate the role of histone H2A deubiquitinase 2A-DUB/Mysm1 in the skin, we systematically analyzed expression, developmental functions, and potential interactions of this epigenetic regulator using Mysm1-deficient mice and skin-derived epidermal cells. Morphologically, skin of newborn and young adult Mysm1-deficient mice was atrophic with reduced thickness and cellularity of epidermis, dermis, and subcutis, in context with altered barrier function. Skin atrophy correlated with reduced proliferation rates in Mysm1−/− epidermis and hair follicles, and increased apoptosis compared with wild-type controls, along with increases in DNA-damage marker γH2AX. In accordance with diminished α6-Integrinhigh+CD34+ epidermal stem cells, reduced colony formation of Mysm1−/− epidermal progenitors was detectable in vitro. On the molecular level, we identified p53 as potential mediator of the defective Mysm1-deficient epidermal compartment, resulting in increased pro-apoptotic and anti-proliferative gene expression. In Mysm1−/−p53−/− double-deficient mice, significant recovery of skin atrophy was observed. Functional properties of Mysm1−/− developing epidermis were assessed by quantifying the transepidermal water loss. In summary, this investigation uncovers a role for 2A-DUB/Mysm1 in suppression of p53-mediated inhibitory programs during epidermal development. View Full-Text
Keywords: apoptosis; DUB; epidermal barrier; epidermal stem cell; epigenetics; histone modification; Mysm1; p53; p63; skin apoptosis; DUB; epidermal barrier; epidermal stem cell; epigenetics; histone modification; Mysm1; p53; p63; skin
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Wilms, C.; Krikki, I.; Hainzl, A.; Kilo, S.; Alupei, M.; Makrantonaki, E.; Wagner, M.; Kroeger, C.M.; Brinker, T.J.; Gatzka, M. 2A-DUB/Mysm1 Regulates Epidermal Development in Part by Suppressing p53-Mediated Programs. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2018, 19, 687.

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