ZFIN ID: ZDB-PUB-100811-15
The role of a novel zebrafish nup98 during embryonic development
Fung, T.K., Chung, M.I., Liang, R., and Leung, A.Y.
Date: 2010
Source: Experimental hematology   38(11): 1014-1021.e1-2 (Journal)
Registered Authors: Leung, Anskar
Keywords: hematopoiesis, hemorrhage, NUP98, zebrafish
MeSH Terms:
  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Animals
  • Animals, Genetically Modified
  • Cloning, Molecular
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/embryology
  • Embryo, Nonmammalian/metabolism*
  • Gene Expression Regulation, Developmental
  • Genetic Complementation Test
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins/genetics
  • Green Fluorescent Proteins/metabolism
  • HeLa Cells
  • Humans
  • Immunoblotting
  • In Situ Hybridization
  • Microscopy, Fluorescence
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins/genetics*
  • Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins/metabolism
  • Nuclear Pore Complex Proteins/physiology
  • RNA Interference
  • RNA Transport
  • RNA, Messenger/genetics
  • RNA, Messenger/metabolism
  • Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA
  • Sequence Homology, Amino Acid
  • Zebrafish/embryology
  • Zebrafish/genetics*
  • Zebrafish Proteins/genetics*
  • Zebrafish Proteins/metabolism
  • Zebrafish Proteins/physiology
PubMed: 20696206 Full text @ Exp. Hematol.
OBJECTIVE: The nucleoporin NUP98 is a component of the nuclear pore complex which regulates nucleo-cytoplasmic trafficking. It has been characterized in acute myeloid leukemia as a fusion partner during chromosomal translocation. In this study, we identified a zebrafish nup98 gene and examined its role in embryonic development. METHODS: Two expressed sequence tags with translated sequences homologous to human NUP98 were identified. The gene was cloned by PCR from cDNA of zebrafish embryos. Cellular functions of zebrafish NUP98 were investigated in HeLa cells. nup98 expression and developmental functions in zebrafish embryos were investigated by whole-mount in-situ hybridization and morpholino knockdown. RESULTS: Protein sequence of zebrafish nup98 shared 65% identity to its human homolog. Ectopic expression of zebrafish nup98 rescued the defective mRNA export due to human NUP98 knockdown in HeLa cells. In zebrafish embryos, nup98 was expressed diffusely in eyes and the developing brain since 18 hpf. Knockdown of nup98 with morpholino upregulated pu.1 expression by 39+/-15% (p=0.0153) and scl expression by 36+/-7.6% (p=0.0017). Expression of genes associated with erythropoiesis was unchanged. The morphants also developed intracranial hemorrhage at 48 hpf due to defective blood vessel development. CONCLUSION: A novel zebrafish nup98 was identified and it serves a similar role in nucleo-cytoplasmic trafficking as human NUP98. During development, it modulates hematopoietic stem cell and early myeloid development and maintains the integrity of cranial vasculature in the developing central nervous system.