Background: Repressor element 1-silencing transcription factor (REST) is a master regulator that is highly expressed in multipotent stem cells to repress gene networks involving a wide range of biological processes. A recent study has suggested that REST might be involved in a misregulation of its target genes in the embryonic brain of offspring derived from aged fathers. However, detailed analyses of the REST function in spermatogenesis are lacking due to difficulty in the detection of REST protein in specific cell types. Results: To determine localization of REST, we generated an epitope tag knock-in (KI) mouse line with the C-terminus insertion of a podoplanin (PA)-tag at an endogenous Rest locus by the CRISPR/Cas9 system. Localization of the PA-tag was confirmed in neural stem cells marked with Pax6 in the embryonic brain. Moreover, PA-tagged REST was detected in undifferentiated and differentiating spermatogonia as well as Sertoli cells in both neonatal and adult testes. Conclusions: We demonstrate that REST is expressed at the early step of spermatogenesis and suggest a possibility that REST may modulate the epigenetic state of male germline cells. Our KI mice may be useful for studying REST-associated molecular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental and age-related disorders.
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- Developmental Biology