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Long Noncoding RNAs in Tissue Homeostasis and Disease

Kretz Lab

                                                   
                                                     Universität Regensburg
                                Fakultät für Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin
                               Institut für Biochemie, Genetik und Mikrobiologie


 

Research in the Kretz lab focuses on understanding the roles of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) in regulation of mature tissue homeostasis, using human organotypic epidermis as a model system.

We are investigating the mechanisms by which lncRNAs control progenitor cell maintenance and differentiation in normal and neoplastic epidermis:                          

                           Lncrnas Homeostasis

Recently, we have shown that the lncRNAs TINCR and ANCR participate in controlling the intricate balance between progenitor cells undergoing continual regeneration in the basal layer and highly differentiated cells forming the epidermal permeability barrier:


TINCR

TINCR is required for induction of genes mediating differentiation-associated epidermal barrier formation (Kretz et al., Nature. 2013):                             

                       

Shown here is immunofluorescence staining of organotypic regenerated human epidermis depleted of TINCR expression vs. control tissue. Abundance of keratin10 [orange] – a protein expressed in differentiated layers of the epidermis – is significantly reduced in TINCR-deficient tissue. Basement membrane: CollagenVII staining, [green]; nuclei: Hoechst 33342 [blue].

 

 

ANCR

ANCR maintains the undifferentiated state in the human epidermal progenitor compartment (Kretz et al., Genes Dev. 2012).                                  

                       

Shown here is immunofluorescence staining of organotypic regenerated human epidermis depleted of ANCR expression vs. control tissue. Transglutaminase1 [orange] – a protein normally exclusively expressed in differentiated strata of the epidermis – is expressed in all layers of the tissue including the progenitor compartment directly proximal to the basement membrane (visualized by CollagenVII staining [green]); nuclei: Hoechst 33342 [blue].

 

  1. Fakultäten
  2. Fakultät für Biologie und Vorklinische Medizin

Markus Kretz, Ph.D.

Universität Regensburg
Institut für Biochemie, Genetik und Mikrobiologie 
 
Mkretz
 
Universitätsstrasse 31
93053 Regensburg
Room VKL1 1.07
 

Phone: +49 941 9431748

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