Role of the Pbrm1 subunit and the PBAF complex in Schwann cell development

Polanetzki V, Fröb F, Baroti T, Schimmel M, Tamm ER, Wegner M (2022)

Publication Type: Journal article

Publication year: 2022


Book Volume: 12

Pages Range: 2651-

Journal Issue: 1

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-06588-8


Myelin sheath formation in the peripheral nervous system and the ensuing saltatory conduction rely on differentiated Schwann cells. We have previously shown that transition of Schwann cells from an immature into a differentiated state requires Brg1 that serves as the central energy generating subunit in two related SWI/SNF-type chromatin remodelers, the BAF and the PBAF complex. Here we used conditional deletion of Pbrm1 to selectively interfere with the PBAF complex in Schwann cells. Despite efficient loss of Pbrm1 early during lineage progression, we failed to detect any substantial alterations in the number, proliferation or survival of immature Schwann cells as well as in their rate and timing of terminal differentiation. As a consequence, postnatal myelin formation in peripheral nerves appeared normal. There were no inflammatory alterations in the nerve or other signs of a peripheral neuropathy. We conclude from our study that Pbrm1 and very likely the PBAF complex are dispensable for proper Schwann cell development and that Schwann cell defects previously observed upon Brg1 deletion are mostly attributable to altered or absent function of the BAF complex.

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Polanetzki, V., Fröb, F., Baroti, T., Schimmel, M., Tamm, E.R., & Wegner, M. (2022). Role of the Pbrm1 subunit and the PBAF complex in Schwann cell development. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 2651-.


Polanetzki, Vanessa, et al. "Role of the Pbrm1 subunit and the PBAF complex in Schwann cell development." Scientific Reports 12.1 (2022): 2651-.

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