A Caltech Library Service

NRSF/REST is required in vivo for repression of multiple neuronal target genes during embryogenesis

Chen, Zhou-Feng and Paquette, Alice J. and Anderson, David J. (1998) NRSF/REST is required in vivo for repression of multiple neuronal target genes during embryogenesis. Nature Genetics, 20 (2). pp. 136-142. ISSN 1061-4036. doi:10.1038/2431.

Full text is not posted in this repository. Consult Related URLs below.

Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


The neuron-restrictive silencer factor NRSF (also known as REST and XBR) can silence transcription from neuronal promoters in non-neuronal cell lines, but its function during normal development is unknown. In mice, a targeted mutation of Rest, the gene encoding NRSF, caused derepression of neuron-specific tubulin in a subset of non-neural tissues and embryonic lethality. Mosaic inhibition of NRSF in chicken embryos, using a dominant-negative form of NRSF, also caused derepression of neuronal tubulin, as well as of several other neuronal target genes, in both non-neural tissues and central nervous system neuronal progenitors. These results indicate that NRSF is required to repress neuronal gene expression in vivo, in both extra-neural and undifferentiated neural tissue.

Item Type:Article
Related URLs:
URLURL TypeDescription DOIArticle ReadCube access
Anderson, David J.0000-0001-6175-3872
Additional Information:© 1998 Nature America Inc. Received 22 May; accepted 27 August, 1998. We thank R. Behringer and A. Bradley for AB-1 ES cells, SNL 76/7STO cells and FIAU, G. Friedrich for a mouse 129 Sv/Ev genomic library, S.L. Zipursky and B. Wold for helpful discussions and P. Sternberg, K. Zinn, E. Meyerowitz and E. Davidson for their comments on the manuscript. We thank P. Lonnerberg for Ng-CAM cDNA, P. White for help generating CEFs, B.Martinsen and C. Marcelle for advice on RCAS concentration, Shirley Pease, Arti Gaur and members of the TAFCIT staff for expert assistance with chimaera production and mouse maintenance, S. Ou and L. Wang for help with monoclonal antibody production and S. Padilla for technical assistance. This work was supported by a grant from the NIH. A.J.P. is supported by an NIH pre-doctoral training grant. Z.F.C. is an Associate and D.J.A. an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Funding AgencyGrant Number
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)UNSPECIFIED
Issue or Number:2
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20150415-102540961
Persistent URL:
Official Citation:Chen, Z., Paquette, A. & Anderson, D. NRSF/REST is required in vivo for repression of multiple neuronal target genes during embryogenesis. Nat Genet 20, 136–142 (1998).
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:56675
Deposited By: Tony Diaz
Deposited On:16 Apr 2015 04:20
Last Modified:10 Nov 2021 21:02

Repository Staff Only: item control page