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Neural Regen Res 2022 Mar 01;173:477-481. doi: 10.4103/1673-5374.320968.
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Influence of Sox protein SUMOylation on neural development and regeneration.

Chang KC .

SRY-related HMG-box (Sox) transcription factors are known to regulate central nervous system development and are involved in several neurological diseases. Post-translational modification of Sox proteins is known to alter their functions in the central nervous system. Among the different types of post-translational modification, small ubiquitin-like modifier (SUMO) modification of Sox proteins has been shown to modify their transcriptional activity. Here, we review the mechanisms of three Sox proteins in neuronal development and disease, along with their transcriptional changes under SUMOylation. Across three species, lysine is the conserved residue for SUMOylation. In Drosophila, SUMOylation of SoxN plays a repressive role in transcriptional activity, which impairs central nervous system development. However, deSUMOylation of SoxE and Sox11 plays neuroprotective roles, which promote neural crest precursor formation in Xenopus and retinal ganglion cell differentiation as well as axon regeneration in the rodent. We further discuss a potential translational therapy by SUMO site modification using AAV gene transduction and Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats-Cas9 technology. Understanding the underlying mechanisms of Sox SUMOylation, especially in the rodent system, may provide a therapeutic strategy to address issues associated with neuronal development and neurodegeneration.

PubMed ID: 34380874
Article link: Neural Regen Res
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Species referenced: Xenopus laevis
Genes referenced: pias3 qsox2 sod1 sox10 sox11 sox13 sox3 sox8 sox9 sumo1 sumo3 tle4
GO keywords: MAPK cascade [+]

Disease Ontology terms: Alzheimer's disease [+]

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