Architectural niche organization by LHX2 is linked to hair follicle stem cell function

Alicia R. Folgueras, Xingyi Guo, H. Amalia Pasolli, Nicole Stokes, Lisa Polak, Deyou Zheng, Elaine Fuchs

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Abstract

In adult skin, self-renewing, undifferentiated hair follicle stem cells (HF-SCs) reside within a specialized niche, where they spend prolonged times as a single layer of polarized, quiescent epithelial cells. When sufficient activating signals accumulate, HF-SCs become mobilized to fuel tissue regeneration and hair growth. Here, we show that architectural organization of the HF-SC niche by transcription factor LHX2 plays a critical role in HF-SC behavior. Using genome-wide chromatin and transcriptional profiling of HF-SCs in vivo, we show that LHX2 directly transactivates genes that orchestrate cytoskeletal dynamics and adhesion. Conditional ablation of LHX2 results in gross cellular disorganization and HF-SC polarization within the niche. LHX2 loss leads to a failure to maintain HF-SC quiescence and hair anchoring, as well as progressive transformation of the niche into a sebaceous gland. These findings suggest that niche organization underlies the requirement for LHX2 in hair follicle structure and function.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)314-327
Number of pages14
JournalCell Stem Cell
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 5 2013

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Hair Follicle
Stem Cells
Hair
Stem Cell Niche
Sebaceous Glands
Chromatin
Regeneration
Transcription Factors
Epithelial Cells
Genome
Skin
Growth

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  • Molecular Medicine
  • Genetics

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Folgueras, A. R., Guo, X., Pasolli, H. A., Stokes, N., Polak, L., Zheng, D., & Fuchs, E. (2013). Architectural niche organization by LHX2 is linked to hair follicle stem cell function. Cell Stem Cell, 13(3), 314-327. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stem.2013.06.018

Architectural niche organization by LHX2 is linked to hair follicle stem cell function. / Folgueras, Alicia R.; Guo, Xingyi; Pasolli, H. Amalia; Stokes, Nicole; Polak, Lisa; Zheng, Deyou; Fuchs, Elaine.

In: Cell Stem Cell, Vol. 13, No. 3, 05.09.2013, p. 314-327.

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Folgueras, AR, Guo, X, Pasolli, HA, Stokes, N, Polak, L, Zheng, D & Fuchs, E 2013, 'Architectural niche organization by LHX2 is linked to hair follicle stem cell function', Cell Stem Cell, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 314-327. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stem.2013.06.018
Folgueras, Alicia R. ; Guo, Xingyi ; Pasolli, H. Amalia ; Stokes, Nicole ; Polak, Lisa ; Zheng, Deyou ; Fuchs, Elaine. / Architectural niche organization by LHX2 is linked to hair follicle stem cell function. In: Cell Stem Cell. 2013 ; Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 314-327.
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