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See detailDerivation of cochlear cells from pathological or isogenic human iPSCs for modeling hereditary hearing loss
Czajkowski, Amandine ULg; Grobarczyk, Benjamin; Hanon, Kevin ULg et al

Poster (2016, May)

Alström Syndrome (AS) is a human autosomal recessive genetic disorder characterized by numerous clinical symptoms including deafness. AS is caused by mutations in the ALMS1 gene encoding for ALMS1 protein ... [more ▼]

Alström Syndrome (AS) is a human autosomal recessive genetic disorder characterized by numerous clinical symptoms including deafness. AS is caused by mutations in the ALMS1 gene encoding for ALMS1 protein expressed at the basal body and implicated in ciliogenesis, cell cycle and proliferation (Jagger et al., 2011; Zulato et al., 2011 & Shenje et al., 2014). We are interesting in understanding the unknown mechanisms involving this protein in the genetic deafness of AS patients. To develop a model as closer as possible to the human pathology, we are using human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) generated from fibroblasts of healthy and AS patients. Using a stepwise protocol, we demonstrated that healthy hiPSCs (waiting for isogenic hiPSCs) can generate a population of cells with gene and protein expression patterns consistent with the ones of otic progenitor cells (OSCs). At this differentiation stage, we observed some proliferation and apoptotic defects between healthy and AS cells. When human OSCs are co-cultured with mouse feeder cells, they are able to differentiate into hair cells (HCs). We successfully differentiated AS hiPSCs generated from AS patients into HCs. We are currently confirming gene expression pattern and testing HCs functionality.  To exclude patient linked epigenetics and differentiation defects, we are correcting the genomic mutation in the AS hiPSCs to generate isogenic hiPSCs using the CRIPSR/Cas9 system. Thanks to the isogenic hiPSCs we will be able to confirm that these defects are well due to the ALMS1 mutation. [less ▲]

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See detailElp3 Lysine Acetyl-Transferase Controls Neuronal Survival in the Developing Inner Ear and is Crucial to Balance and Hearing
Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Freeman, Stephen ULg et al

Conference (2016, February 20)

Elp3 lysine acetyl-transferase, the catalytic subunit of the Elongator complex, has been assigned multiple roles in gene transcription, DNA methylation and protein translation efficiency. Given the ... [more ▼]

Elp3 lysine acetyl-transferase, the catalytic subunit of the Elongator complex, has been assigned multiple roles in gene transcription, DNA methylation and protein translation efficiency. Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes together with recent reports implicating Elp3 in cortical neurogenesis, we investigated its role during inner ear formation. In the inner ear, we detected Elp3 transcript in the sensory epithelia of the entire otic vesicle at embryonic day E11.5. At later stages, Elp3 mRNA is strongly expressed in the vestibular and spiral ganglion neurons. To investigate the role of Elp3 in vivo, we used a conditional knock-out mice (Foxg1Cre) in which the expression of the acetyl-transferase is lost in early otocyst. These mice show obvious vestibular defects as indicated by a stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion and the absence of a reaching response in the tail-hanging test. Furthermore, we identified a severe hearing loss in Elp3cKO mice through Auditory Brainstem Responses. We show that Elp3 enzyme is crucial for neuronal survival in the spiral ganglion and in the vestibule and that it ensures a correct innervation pattern in the developing inner ear. In the absence of Elp3, a drastic increase in the number of apoptotic neurons was detected by active Caspase-3 and pH2AX immunostainings, particularly during the early stages of development (between E12.5 and E14.5). Postnatally, the neurons remaining in Elp3cKO cochleae seem to establish synaptic contacts with the sensory cells but show obvious signs of cell damage as evidenced by Transmission Electron Microscopy. Taken together, these data support a role for Elp3 in hearing and balance and point out an important role for acetylation homeostasis during inner ear formation. We are currently investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying Elp3 effect on neuronal survival and pathfinding. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetylation by Elp3 during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Freeman, Stephen ULg et al

Poster (2016, January 25)

We planned to investigate the role of Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex, in inner ear formation. We first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of Elp3 mRNA expression and showed ... [more ▼]

We planned to investigate the role of Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex, in inner ear formation. We first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of Elp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea, in the spiral ganglion and in the vestibule. To unravel functions of Elp3, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3cKO spiral ganglion leading to a reduced number of neurons and fibers innervating the sensory cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons. Moreover, the remaining spiral ganglion neurons extend processes showing clearly defects regarding sensory cell innervation. In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailElp3 acetyl-transferase controls neuronal survival in the developing inner ear and is crucial to balance and hearing
Delacroix, Laurence ULg

Conference (2016)

Elp3 lysine acetyl-transferase, the catalytic subunit of the Elongator complex, has been assigned multiple roles in gene transcription, DNA methylation and protein translation efficiency. Given the ... [more ▼]

Elp3 lysine acetyl-transferase, the catalytic subunit of the Elongator complex, has been assigned multiple roles in gene transcription, DNA methylation and protein translation efficiency. Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes together with recent reports implicating Elp3 in cortical neurogenesis, we investigated its role during inner ear formation. In the inner ear, we detected Elp3 transcript in the sensory epithelia of the entire otic vesicle at embryonic day E11.5. At later stages, Elp3 mRNA is strongly expressed in the vestibular and spiral ganglion neurons. To investigate the role of Elp3 in vivo, we used a conditional knock-out mice (Foxg1Cre) in which the expression of the acetyl-transferase is lost in early otocyst. These mice show obvious vestibular defects as indicated by a stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion and the absence of a reaching response in the tail-hanging test. Furthermore, we identified a severe hearing loss in Elp3cKO mice through Auditory Brainstem Responses. We show that Elp3 enzyme is crucial for neuronal survival in the spiral ganglion and in the vestibule and that it ensures a correct innervation pattern in the developing inner ear. In the absence of Elp3, a drastic increase in the number of apoptotic neurons was detected by active Caspase-3 and pH2AX immunostainings, particularly during the early stages of development (between E12.5 and E14.5). Postnatally, the neurons remaining in Elp3cKO cochleae seem to establish synaptic contacts with the sensory cells but show obvious signs of cell damage as evidenced by Transmission Electron Microscopy. Taken together, these data support a role for Elp3 in hearing and balance and point out an important role for acetylation homeostasis during inner ear formation. We are currently investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying Elp3 effect on neuronal survival and pathfinding. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Role of Post-Translational Modifications in Hearing and Deafness
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Freeman, Stephen ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg et al

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (2016)

Post-translational modifications (PTMs) are key molecular events that modify proteins after their synthesis and modulate their ultimate functional properties by affecting their stability, localisation ... [more ▼]

Post-translational modifications (PTMs) are key molecular events that modify proteins after their synthesis and modulate their ultimate functional properties by affecting their stability, localisation, interaction potential or activity. These chemical changes expand the size of the proteome adding diversity to the molecular pathways governing the biological outcome of cells. PTMs are thus crucial in regulating a variety of cellular processes such as apoptosis, proliferation and differentiation and have been shown to be instrumental during embryonic development. In addition, alterations in protein PTMs have been implicated in the pathogenesis of many human diseases, including deafness. In this review, we summarize the recent progress made in understanding the roles of PTMs during cochlear development, with particular emphasis on the enzymes driving protein phosphorylation, acetylation, methylation, glycosylation, ubiquitination and SUMOylation. We also discuss how these enzymes may contribute to hearing impairment and deafness. [less ▲]

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See detailUNRAVELLING THE ROLES OF LYSINE ACETYLATION BY ELP3 DURING INNER EAR DEVELOPMENT
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Freeman, Stephen ULg et al

Poster (2015, November 23)

We planned to investigate the role of Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex, in inner ear formation. We first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of Elp3 mRNA expression and showed ... [more ▼]

We planned to investigate the role of Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex, in inner ear formation. We first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of Elp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea, in the spiral ganglion and in the vestibule. To unravel functions of Elp3, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3cKO spiral ganglion leading to a reduced number of neurons and fibers innervating the sensory cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons. Moreover, the remaining spiral ganglion neurons extend processes showing clearly defects regarding sensory cell innervation. In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailSox9: a new player in hair cell differentiation
Delacroix, Laurence ULg

Conference (2015, November)

It is widely accepted that cell fate determination in the cochlea is tightly controlled by different factors that remain to be fully defined. Here, we show that Sox9, initially expressed in the entire ... [more ▼]

It is widely accepted that cell fate determination in the cochlea is tightly controlled by different factors that remain to be fully defined. Here, we show that Sox9, initially expressed in the entire sensory epithelium of the cochlea, progressively disappears from differentiating hair cells (HCs) and is finally restricted to supporting cells (SCs). The absence of Sox9 leads to supernumerary HCs production, and its overexpression blocks HCs differentiation even if co-expressed with Atoh1, a transcription factor necessary and sufficient to induce HCs. Sox9 reduces Atoh1 transcriptional activity by upregulating Hey1 and HeyL factors and genetic ablation of these genes induce extra HCs along the cochlea. Furthermore, we show that Sox9 is required for Notch-dependent inhibition of HC fate. Taken together, these data show that Sox9 contributes to Notch-dependent cochlear cell patterning by upregulating Hey1 and HeyL proteins in future SCs, thereby preventing Atoh1 from driving HC differentiation. [less ▲]

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See detailUNRAVELLING THE ROLES OF LYSINE ACETYLATION BY ELP3 DURING INNER EAR DEVELOPMENT
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Freeman, Stephen ULg et al

Poster (2015, June 06)

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes [1-3], we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase ... [more ▼]

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes [1-3], we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis [4]. To determine the role of Elp3 in the inner ear, we first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea (the organ of Corti), in the spiral ganglion, in the stria vascularis and in the vestibule. To unravel in vivo functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing (i.e. stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion, and absence of reaching response in the tail-hanging test) and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we did not find any structural abnormalities nor cell patterning defects that could explain deafness or balance dysfunction in Elp3 cKO mice. However, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of their auditory hair cell bundle. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of neurons and fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons at P15. Moreover, the remaining spiral ganglion neurons extend processes showing clearly defects regarding hair cells innervation (misorientation of fibers). In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling Cemip expression and functions in the auditory portion of the inner ear.
Czajkowski, Amandine ULg; Chariot, Alain ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg et al

Poster (2015, May 29)

The inner ear is a complex organ composed of the vestibular system – which is the balancing system – and the cochlea – which is the earing system. The cochlea is a coiled shape organ composed of three ... [more ▼]

The inner ear is a complex organ composed of the vestibular system – which is the balancing system – and the cochlea – which is the earing system. The cochlea is a coiled shape organ composed of three main structures: the spiral ligament sitting on top of the stria vascularis, the organ of Corti with sensory hair cells and supporting cells and the spiral ganglion composed of neurons and glial cells. After an auditory stimulus, the sound wave progresses in the scala media filled with endolymph and induces a stimulation of sensory hair cells. These cells then transmit the information to the spiral ganglion neurons connected to them. Of course, the correct ionic homeostasis of endolymph is required for a good sound wave transmission. This homeostatic function is assured by the stria vascularis and the spiral ligament. The alteration of one of the structures mentioned before induces deafness. Currently, numerous genes have been associated to this kind of hearing loss. In the present work, we focus our attention Cemip – also known as KIAA1199 – that has been associated to human hereditary neurosensory deafness. Indeed, three missense mutations consisting in non-synonymous amino acid changes (R187L, R187H and H783Y) have been associated to this form of deafness. Therefore we would like to understand the role of Cemip in the cochlea. For that we have analysed Cemip mRNA pattern of expression by in situ hybridization at different developmental stages on cochlear sections. It seems Cemip mRNA is not present in the auditory portion of the inner ear at early embryonic stage 14 (E14) while it is largely present at E17 in the spiral ganglion, in supporting cells of the organ of Corti and in the spiral ligament. This expression is maintained post-nattily until P7. At P21 the expression is restricted to the spiral lamina - an osseous structure surrounding the spiral ganglion. Our on going work is aimed at revealing the biological role of Cemip in the cochlea in conditional knock-out mice. [less ▲]

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See detailCochlear afferent innervation development
Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg

in Hearing Research (2015), 330(PtB), 157-169

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See detailMicroRNA-124 Regulates Cell Specification in the Cochlea through Modulation of Sfrp4/5.
Huyghe, Aurelia; Van Den Ackerveken, Priscilla ULg; SACHELI, Rosalie ULg et al

in Cell Reports (2015), 13

The organ of Corti, the auditory organ of the mammalian inner ear, contains sensory hair cells and supporting cells that arise from a common sensory progenitor. The molecular bases allowing the ... [more ▼]

The organ of Corti, the auditory organ of the mammalian inner ear, contains sensory hair cells and supporting cells that arise from a common sensory progenitor. The molecular bases allowing the specification of these progenitors remain elusive. In the present study, by combining microarray analyses with conditional deletion of Dicer in the developing inner ear, we identified that miR-124 controls cell fate in the developing organ of Corti. By targeting secreted frizzled-related protein 4 (Sfrp4) and Sfrp5, two inhibitors of the Wnt pathway, we showed that miR-124 controls the β-catenin-dependent and also the PCP-related non-canonical Wnt pathways that contribute to HC differentiation and polarization in the organ of Corti. Thus, our work emphasizes the importance of miR-124 as an epigenetic safeguard that fine-tunes the expression of genes critical for cell patterning during cochlear differentiation. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetylation by Elp3 during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Laguesse, Sophie et al

Conference (2014, January 27)

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a ... [more ▼]

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis. To determine the role of Elp3 in the inner ear, we first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea (the organ of Corti), in the spiral ganglion, in the stria vascularis and in the vestibule. To unravel in vivo functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing (i.e. stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion, and absence of reaching response in the tail-hanging test) and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we did not find any structural abnormalities nor cell patterning defects that could explain deafness or balance dysfunction in Elp3 cKO mice. However, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of their auditory hair cell bundle. In addition, the length of the kinocilium was significantly reduced both in vestibular and cochlear hair cells from Elp3 cKO mice compared with wild type littermates. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons P15. In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailChapter 7 – Neuronal Circuitries During Inner Ear Development
defourny, jean; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg

in Romand, raymond; Varela-Nieto, Isabel (Eds.) Development of auditory and vestibular systems (2014)

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetyl-transferase activity of Elongator complex during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Laguesse, Sophie et al

Conference (2014)

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a ... [more ▼]

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis. To determine the role of Elp3 in the inner ear, we first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea (the organ of Corti), in the spiral ganglion, in the stria vascularis and in the vestibule. To unravel in vivo functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing (i.e. stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion, and absence of reaching response in the tail-hanging test) and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we did not find any structural abnormalities nor cell patterning defects that could explain deafness or balance dysfunction in Elp3 cKO mice. However, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of their auditory hair cell bundle. In addition, the length of the kinocilium was significantly reduced both in vestibular and cochlear hair cells from Elp3 cKO mice compared with wild type littermates. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons at P15. To find new potential targets for Elp3, transcriptomes from wild-type, heterozygous and Elp3 cKO mice were analysed by RNA-Seq at E14.5 and E18.5. Surprisingly, we observed that hair cell markers were upregulated in the Elp3 cKO at E14.5, suggesting a premature differentiation in these mice that was confirmed by in situ hybridisation. In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetylation by Elp3 during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Laguesse, Sophie et al

Poster (2013, October 18)

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a ... [more ▼]

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis. To determine the role of Elp3 in the inner ear, we first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea (the organ of Corti), in the spiral ganglion, in the stria vascularis and in the vestibule. To unravel in vivo functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing (i.e. stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion, and absence of reaching response in the tail-hanging test) and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we did not find any structural abnormalities nor cell patterning defects that could explain deafness or balance dysfunction in Elp3 cKO mice. However, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of their auditory hair cell bundle. In addition, the length of the kinocilium was significantly reduced both in vestibular and cochlear hair cells from Elp3 cKO mice compared with wild type littermates. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons P15. In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetylation by Elp3 during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Laguesse, Sophie ULg et al

Poster (2013, May 31)

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a ... [more ▼]

Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis. We first analysed the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea, the spiral ganglion, the stria vascularis and the vestibule. To unravel functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we used conditional knock-out mice in which Elp3 gene is deleted from early otocyst (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing and found significant abnormalities. Besides, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of the auditory hair cell bundle. In addition, the length of the kinocilium was significantly reduced both in vestibular and cochlear hair cells from Elp3 cKO mice. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons. In conclusion, our results clearly show a role for Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins that are targeted for acetylation by Elp3. [less ▲]

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See detailUnravelling the roles of lysine acetylation by Elp3 during inner ear development
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Laguesse, Sophie ULg et al

Poster (2013, January 28)

The inner ear is composed of the vestibular system that controls balance, and the cochlea, which is dedicated to hearing. In both parts of the inner ear, sensory epithelia comprise supporting cells ... [more ▼]

The inner ear is composed of the vestibular system that controls balance, and the cochlea, which is dedicated to hearing. In both parts of the inner ear, sensory epithelia comprise supporting cells surrounding the sensory hair cells. These cells bear at their apical surface a staircase-structured bundle, consisting of multiple rows of actin-based stereocilia and a single tubulin-based kinocilium. This hair bundle allows the transduction from mechanical stimuli, initiated by sound or gravitational changes, to electrical signals that will then be transmitted by neurons from the spiral ganglion (innervating hair cells of the cochlea) or the vestibular ganglion. The inner ear organogenesis requires a tightly regulated transcriptional program that can be affected by post-transcriptional and post-translational modifications among which lysine acetylation. Given the importance of acetylation homeostasis in controlling developmental processes, we planned to investigate its role in inner ear formation and focused our attention on Elp3 acetyl-transferase, a member of the Elongator complex recently implicated in neurogenesis. To determine the role of Elp3 in the inner ear, we first determine the spatio-temporal pattern of ELp3 mRNA expression and showed that it was expressed in the entire early otocyst at E11.5 and persisted later in the sensory epithelium of the cochlea (the organ of Corti), in the spiral ganglion, in the stria vascularis and in the vestibule. To unravel in vivo functions of Elp3 in the inner ear, we have generated conditional knock-out mice (Elp3 cKO). We submitted these mice to a battery of vestibular testing (i.e. stereotyped circling ambulation, head bobbing, retropulsion, and absence of reaching response in the tail-hanging test) and found significant abnormalities. Besides, compared to wild-type mice, the auditory brain stem response of Elp3 cKO indicated that these mice are severely deaf. At the cellular level, we did not found any structural abnormalities nor cell patterning impairments that could explain deafness or balance dysfunction in Elp3 cKO mice. However, we detected some defaults in the planar orientation of their auditory hair cell bundle. In addition, the length of the kinocilium was significantly reduced both in vestibular and cochlear hair cells from Elp3 cKO mice compared with wild type littermates. We were also able to demonstrate an increased level of apoptosis in the Elp3 cKO spiral ganglion at E14.5 leading to a reduced number of fibers innervating the cochlear hair cells as well as a reduced number of their synaptic ribbons at P0 and P15. In conclusion, our results clearly showed a role of Elp3 both in hearing and balance. We plan to go deeper in the mechanisms involved through the identification of the proteins acetylated by Elp3. [less ▲]

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