The long non‐coding RNA LINC00941 and SPRR5 are novel regulators of human epidermal homeostasis
Several long non‐coding RNAs (lncRNAs) act as regulators of cellular homeostasis; however, few of these molecules were functionally characterized in a mature human tissue environment. Here, we report that the lncRNA LINC00941 is a crucial regulator of human epidermal homeostasis. LINC00941 is enriched in progenitor keratinocytes and acts as a repressor of keratinocyte differentiation. Furthermore, LINC00941 represses SPRR5, a previously uncharacterized molecule, which functions as an essential positive regulator of keratinocyte differentiation. Interestingly, 54.8% of genes repressed in SPRR5‐deficient epidermal tissue are induced in LINC00941‐depleted organotypic epidermis, suggesting a common mode of action for both molecules.
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