Gsdma3 gene is needed for the induction of apoptosis-driven catagen during mouse hair follicle cycle

Histochem Cell Biol. 2011 Sep;136(3):335-43. doi: 10.1007/s00418-011-0845-8. Epub 2011 Jul 30.


Gsdm is a newly found gene family, which is restricted in its expression to the gastrointestinal tract and the skin epithelium. As a main member of the Gsdma subfamily, Gsdma3 is expressed specifically in the hair follicle of mouse skin, but its function remains largely unclear. By hematoxylin and eosin staining, we showed that Gsdma3 gene mutation caused an abnormal catagen phase with unshortened length and unshrunk structure of the hair follicle, in which the development of catagen phase was inhibited. TUNEL staining further revealed that the apoptosis of the hair follicle was obviously decreased in mutant mice. Caspase-3 downregulation was also detected by immunofluorescence, Western blot and RT-PCR in the hair follicle of the mutant mice. After intradermal injection of Gsdma3 gene expression plasmid, apoptosis as well as Caspase-3 expression in the hair follicle of mutant mice was enhanced, and so the catagen retardation of Gsdma3-mutant mice was rescued. Our results confirmed that Gsdma3 gene mutation interfered with catagen formation during mouse hair follicle cycle and, by upregulation of Caspase-3 expression and promotion of apoptosis, Gsdma3 gene could play an essential role in normal catagen induction.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Apoptosis*
  • Caspase 3 / genetics
  • Caspase 3 / metabolism
  • Fluorescent Antibody Technique
  • Hair Follicle / cytology
  • Hair Follicle / physiology*
  • Mice
  • Mice, Mutant Strains
  • Proteins / genetics*
  • Proteins / metabolism
  • Up-Regulation


  • Gsdma3 protein, mouse
  • Proteins
  • Caspase 3