Ctdp1 deficiency leads to early embryonic lethality in mice and defects in cell cycle progression in MEFs

Fangfang Qiao, Henry C.H. Law, Kimiko L. Krieger, Emalie J. Clement, Yi Xiao, Shannon M. Buckley, Nicholas T. Woods

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RNA polymerase II subunit A Carboxy-Terminal Domain Phosphatase 1 (CTDP1), a member of the haloacid dehalogenase superfamily phosphatases, has a defined role in transcriptional regulation, but emerging evidence suggests an expanded functional repertoire in the cell cycle and DNA damage response. In humans, a splice site mutation in CTDP1 gives rise to the rare Congenital Cataracts Facial Dysmorphism and Neuropathy syndrome, and recent evidence from our lab indicates CTDP1 is required for breast cancer growth and proliferation. To explore the physiological function of CTDP1 in a mammalian system, we generated a conditional Ctdp1 knockout mouse model by insertion of loxP sites upstream of exon 3 and downstream of exon 4. Biallelic deletion of Ctdp1 results in lethality before embryonic day 7.5, with morphological features indicating embryo cell death and resorption. However, Ctdp1+/− mice are haplosufficient for phenotypic traits including body weight, hematological parameters, exploratory and locomotive functions. To investigate the potential mechanisms of the embryonic death caused by biallelic Ctdp1 knockout, mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEFs) were established from Ctdp1+/+ and Ctdp1flox/flox mice. Lentivirus delivered Cre-mediated biallelic deletion of Ctdp1 in MEFs results in cell death preceded by impaired proliferation characterized by an increase in G1- and G2-phase populations and a reduction in the S-phase population. These cell cycle alterations caused by deletion of Ctdp1 are associated with an increase in p27 protein expression and a decrease in phosphorylated RB, phosphorylated Histone H3, and Cyclin B expression. Together, these results reveal that Ctdp1 plays an essential role in early mouse embryo development and cell growth and survival in part by regulating the cell cycle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberbio057232
JournalBiology Open
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Cell cycle arrest
  • Cell death
  • Ctdp1
  • Embryonic lethality
  • Knockout
  • MEFs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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