Abstract MP245: Tet Proteins Regulate Second Heart Field Multipotent Progenitors Differentiating To Myocytes Academic Article uri icon


  • DNA methylation and demethylation play an important role in shaping the epigenetic landscape and chromatin accessibility to control gene expression during development in mammals. Ten-eleven Translocation (Tet1, Tet2 and Tet3) is a family of dioxygenases that catalyze DNA methylation oxidation with ultimate DNA demethylation. Our previous study showed that cardiac-specific deletion of Tet2 and Tet3 could disrupt YY1-mediated long range chromatin interactions during heart development and lead to ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy. However, it is still unclear whether and how Tet protein mediated epigenetic modifications contribute to cardiac lineage specification during embryonic development. In this study, we generated cardiac specific Tet1-3 triple deficient (Tet-TKO) mouse lines using various cardiac specific Cres to evaluate the function of Tet protein in regulating cardiac lineage specification. We observed developmental defects at outflow tract (OFT) in Tet-TKO embryos, suggesting that Tet deficiency affects the second heart field (SHF) development. Single cell RNA-seq analysis further revealed the accumulation of multipotent SHF progenitors and subsequent halt of myocyte differentiation upon Tet depletion. At the molecular level, we found that Tet ablation perturbs the transcriptional network of Islet1, a transcription factor that is crucial for cardiac development in embryos. Overall, our study demonstrates a critical role of Tet-mediated epigenetic regulation for embryonic cardiac development.

published proceedings

  • Circulation Research

author list (cited authors)

  • Fang, S., Li, J., Steimle, J. D., Guo, L., Yang, Y., Hong, T., ... Huang, Y.

complete list of authors

  • Fang, Shaohai||Li, Jia||Steimle, Jeff D||Guo, Lei||Yang, Yuhan||Hong, Tingting||Wang, Rui||Han, Wei||Zhou, Yubin||Wang, Jun||Martin, James F||Huang, Yun

publication date

  • September 2021