Nuc-ErbB3 regulates H3K27me3 levels and HMT activity to establish epigenetic repression during peripheral myelination

Jennifer K. Ness, Amanda A. Skiles, Eng Hui Yap, Eduardo J. Fajardo, Andras Fiser, Nikos Tapinos

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Nuc-ErbB3 an alternative transcript from the ErbB3 locus binds to a specific DNA motif and associates with Schwann cell chromatin. Here we generated a nuc-ErbB3 knockin mouse that lacks nuc-ErbB3 expression in the nucleus without affecting the neuregulin-ErbB3 receptor signaling. Nuc-ErbB3 knockin mice exhibit hypermyelination and aberrant myelination at the paranodal region. This phenotype is attributed to de-repression of myelination associated gene transcription following loss of nuc-ErbB3 and histone H3K27me3 promoter occupancy. Nuc-ErbB3 knockin mice exhibit reduced association of H3K27me3 with myelination-associated gene promoters and increased RNA Pol-II rate of transcription of these genes. In addition, nuc-ErbB3 directly regulates levels of H3K27me3 in Schwann cells. Nuc-ErbB3 knockin mice exhibit significant decrease of histone H3K27me3 methyltransferase (HMT) activity and reduced levels of H3K27me3. Collectively, nuc-ErbB3 is a master transcriptional repressor, which regulates HMT activity to establish a repressive chromatin landscape on promoters of genes during peripheral myelination. GLIA 2016;64:977-992 Main Points: Nuc-ErbB3 knock-in mice exhibit peripheral hypermyelination. Nuc-ErbB3 regulates total levels of H3K27me3 and HMT activity. Nuc-ErbB3 induces transcriptional repression of myelination associated genes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)977-992
Number of pages16
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016


  • Chromatin
  • PNS myelination
  • Transcriptional repression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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