EVI1 mediated stimulation of 3T3-L1 preadipocyte differentiation is CtBP dependent

M. J. Ireland, M. Al-Hasan, J.A. Craft, A. Graham, C. Bartholomew

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Myelodysplasia syndrome 1 (MDS1) and Ecotropic viral integration site 1 (EVI1) complex (MECOM) locus encodes multiple isoforms of the EVI1 protein that are essential for normal vertebrate development and when inappropriately expressed play a significant role in malignancy and in particular leukaemias. However, the function of individual EVI1 isoforms are not fully understood. Recently, EVI1 or PRDM3, which is structurally closely related to the brown adipose tissue determining factor PRDM16, was shown to be required for differentiation of adipocytes.
In this study, we show that 3T3-L1 preadipocytes sustain expression of all Evi1 isoforms examined, including Mds1-Evi1, Evi1FL, Evi1¿324, Evi1FL+9 and Evi1¿105 throughout the adipogenesis differentiation programme. We also show that differentiation markers are enhanced by enforced expression of either Evi1, Evi1FL+9 or Evi1¿105 isoforms. Interestingly 3T3-L1 differentiation markers are also moderately enhanced by enforced expression of Evi1¿324, which lacks part of the N-terminal zinc finger domain (ZF1), demonstrating a biological activity for this particular isoform. Enforced expression of an Evi1 mutant lacking C-terminal binding protein (CtBP) co-repressor protein binding activity fails to stimulate 3T3-L1 differentiation markers and may have dominant negative activity, causing partial inhibition of this developmental programme.
These studies show that multiple EVI1 isoforms are expressed in adipocytes and can stimulate adipogenic markers in a manner that is partially independent of the ZF1 DNA binding domain but fully dependent upon interaction with co-repressor CtBP proteins.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-147
Number of pages15
JournalYangtze Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sep 2017


  • MECOM; PRDM3; EVI1 isoforms; C-terminal binding proteins; adipogenesis


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