Dual roles for Id4 in the regulation of estrogen signaling in the mammary gland and ovary

Sarah A Best, Karla J Hutt, Nai Yang Fu, Francois Vaillant, Seng Hii Liew, Lynne Hartley, Clare L Scott, Geoffery J Lindeman, Jane Visvader

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The HLH transcriptional regulator Id4 exerts important roles in different organs, including the neural compartment, where Id4 loss usually results in early lethality. To explore the role of this basally restricted transcription factor in the mammary gland, we generated a cre-inducible mouse model. MMTV- or K14-cre-mediated deletion of Id4 led to a delay in ductal morphogenesis, consistent with previous findings using a germ-line knockout mouse model. A striking increase in the expression of ERalpha (Esr1), PR and FoxA1 was observed in both the basal and luminal cellular subsets of Id4-deficient mammary glands. Together with chromatin immunoprecipitation of Id4 on the Esr1 and Foxa1 promoter regions, these data imply that Id4 is a negative regulator of the ERalpha signaling axis. Unexpectedly, examination of the ovaries of targeted mice revealed significantly increased numbers of secondary and antral follicles, and reduced Id4 expression in the granulosa cells. Moreover, expression of the cascade of enzymes that are crucial for estrogen biosynthesis in the ovary was decreased in Id4-deficient females and uterine weights were considerably lower, indicating impaired estrogen production. Thus, compromised ovarian function and decreased circulating estrogen likely contribute to the mammary ductal defects evident in Id4-deficient mice. Collectively, these data identify Id4 as a novel regulator of estrogen signaling, where Id4 restrains ERalpha expression in the basal and luminal cellular compartments of the mammary gland and regulates estrogen biosynthesis in the ovary.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3159 - 3164
Number of pages6
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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