We have previously suggested the transcription factor gene POU6F2 as a novel tumor suppressor involved in Wilms tumor (WT) predisposition. Since WT arises from pluripotent embryonic renal precursors, in this study we analyzed the expression of the murine homolog Pou6f2 during kidney embryogenesis and compared it to that of Wt1, the homolog of WT1, a known WT related gene involved in mesenchyme to epithelium conversion. Quantitative real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) performed for Pou6f2 on kidney specimens from embryos, pups, and adult mice, showed that the Pou6f2 mRNA was more abundant in the earliest analyzed phase of kidney organogenesis (E13) than in more advanced fetal stages and in adult animal. In situ RT-PCR demonstrated that Pou6f2 expression parallels the centripetal differentiation of renal morphogenesis. In addition, in E18 kidney, most structures exhibiting Pou6f2 expression stained positively in immunohistochemistry for the Wt1 protein. Finally, quantitative real-time RT-PCR revealed an overexpression (≥80 times) of POU6F2 compared with normal kidney in 5 of 22 (23%) WTs. The finding of a highly regulated temporal and spatial Pou6f2 expression during renal organogenesis, of its coexpression with Wt1 and of POU6F2 overexpression in a subset of WTs are consistent with a role of POU6F2 in kidney development and provide further support to its involvement in WT.
- Kidney embryogenesis
- Wilms tumor
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health