Comprehensive interactome of Otx2 in the adult mouse neural retina

Genesis. 2015 Nov;53(11):685-94. doi: 10.1002/dvg.22903. Epub 2015 Oct 23.


The Otx2 homeodomain transcription factor exerts multiple functions in specific developmental contexts, probably through the regulation of different sets of genes. Protein partners of Otx2 have been shown to modulate its activity. Therefore, the Otx2 interactome may play a key role in selecting a precise target-gene repertoire, hence determining its function in a specific tissue. To address the nature of Otx2 interactome, we generated a new recombinant Otx2(CTAP-tag) mouse line, designed for protein complexes purification. We validated this mouse line by establishing the Otx2 interactome in the adult neural retina. In this tissue, Otx2 is thought to have overlapping function with its paralog Crx. Our analysis revealed that, in contrary to Crx, Otx2 did not develop interactions with proteins that are known to regulate phototransduction genes but showed specific partnership with factors associated with retinal development. The relationship between Otx2 and Crx in the neural retina should therefore be considered as complementarity rather than redundancy. Furthermore, study of the Otx2 interactome revealed strong associations with RNA processing and translation machineries, suggesting unexpected roles for Otx2 in the regulation of selected target genes all along the transcription/translation pathway. The Otx2(CTAP-tag) line, therefore, appears suitable for a systematic approach to Otx2 protein-protein interactions. genesis 53:685-694, 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Keywords: Otx2; TAP-tag; interactome; retina.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Homeodomain Proteins / metabolism
  • Mice
  • Mice, Transgenic
  • Otx Transcription Factors / metabolism*
  • Protein Binding
  • Retina / metabolism*
  • Trans-Activators / metabolism


  • Homeodomain Proteins
  • Otx Transcription Factors
  • Trans-Activators
  • cone rod homeobox protein