The ubiquitin ligase component Siah1a is required for completion of meiosis I in male mice

Ross A. Dickins, Ian J. Frew, Colin M. House, Moira K. O'Bryan, Andrew J. Holloway, Izhak Haviv, Nadia Traficante, David M. De Kretser, David D.L. Bowtell

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The mammalian Siah genes encode highly conserved proteins containing a RING domain. As components of E3 ubiquitin ligase complexes, Siah proteins facilitate the ubiquitination and degradation of diverse protein partners including β-catenin, N-CoR, and DCC. We used gene targeting in mice to analyze the function of Siahla during mammalian development and reveal novel roles in growth, viability, and fertility. Mutant animals have normal weights at term but are postnatally growth retarded, despite normal levels of pituitary growth hormone. Embryonic fibroblasts isolated from mutant animals grow normally. Most animals die before weaning, and few survive beyond 3 months. Serum gonadotropin levels are normal in Siahla mutant mice; however, females are subfertile and males are sterile due to a block in spermatogenesis. Although spermatocytes in mutant mice display normal meiotic prophase and meiosis I spindle formation, they accumulate at metaphase to telophase of meiosis I and subsequently undergo apoptosis. The requirement of Siahla for normal progression beyond metaphase I suggests that Siahla may be part of a novel E3 complex acting late in the first meiotic division.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2294-2303
Number of pages10
JournalMolecular and Cellular Biology
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


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