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Gata4 and Gata5 cooperatively regulate cardiac myocyte proliferation in mice.

GATA5 is a member of the zinc finger transcription factor GATA family (GATA1-6) that plays a wide variety of roles in embryonic and adult development. Experiments in multiple model systems have emphasized the importance of the GATA family members 4-6 in the development of the endoderm and mesoderm. Yet despite overlapping expression patterns, there is little evidence of an important role for GATA5 in mammalian cardiac development. We have generated a new Gata5 mutant allele lacking exons 2 and 3 that encodes both zinc finger domains (Gata5(tm)(2)(Eem)), and we show that although Gata5(-/-) mice are viable, Gata4(+/-)5(-/-) mutants die at mid-gestation and exhibit profound cardiovascular defects, including abnormalities of cardiomyocyte proliferation and cardiac chamber maturation. These results demonstrate functional redundancy between Gata4 and Gata5 during cardiac development and implicate Gata5 as a candidate modifier gene for congenital heart disease.

Pubmed ID: 19889636


  • Singh MK
  • Li Y
  • Li S
  • Cobb RM
  • Zhou D
  • Lu MM
  • Epstein JA
  • Morrisey EE
  • Gruber PJ


The Journal of biological chemistry

Publication Data

January 15, 2010

Associated Grants

  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL064632
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01 HL071546
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01-HL064632
  • Agency: NHLBI NIH HHS, Id: R01-HL071546

Mesh Terms

  • Animals
  • Apoptosis
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cell Proliferation
  • Embryo, Mammalian
  • Female
  • Fertility
  • GATA4 Transcription Factor
  • GATA5 Transcription Factor
  • Gene Expression Regulation
  • Loss of Heterozygosity
  • Male
  • Mice
  • Myocytes, Cardiac
  • Zinc Fingers