Emerging evidence suggests that eukaryotic gene transcription is regulated primarily at the elongation stage by association and dissociation of the inhibitory protein cardiac lineage protein 1 (CLP-1/HEXIM1) from the positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb) complex. It was reported recently that P-TEFb interacts with skeletal muscle-specific regulatory factor, MyoD, suggesting a linkage between CLP-1-mediated control of transcription and skeletal myogenesis. To examine this, we produced CLP-1 knockdown skeletal muscle C2C12 cells by homologous recombination, and demonstrated that the C2C12 CLP-1 +/- cells failed to differentiate when challenged by low serum in the medium. We also showed that CLP-1 interacts with both MyoD and histone deacetylases (HDACs) maximally at the early stage of differentiation of C2C12 cells. This led us to hypothesize that the association might be crucial to inhibition of MyoD-target proliferative genes. Chromatin immunoprecipitation analysis revealed that the CLP-1/MyoD/HDAC complex binds to the promoter of the cyclin D1 gene, which is downregulated in differentiated muscle cells. These findings suggest a novel transcriptional paradigm whereby CLP-1, in conjunction with MyoD and HDAC, acts to inhibit growth-related gene expression, a requirement for myoblasts to exit the cell cycle and transit to myotubes.
"The 7SK snRNA-bound HEXIM1 binds to P-TEFb through the interaction with cyclin T1, resulting in suppressing the kinase activity of P-TEFb [25,57]. In addition to cyclin T1, other HEXIM1 binding proteins have been reported [32–38]. We previously identified NPM, HDM2, and p53 as HEXIM1 binding proteins [34,35,39]. "
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Hexamethylene bisacetamide inducible protein 1 (HEXIM1) is best known as the inhibitor of positive transcription elongation factor b (P-TEFb), which is composed of cyclin-dependent kinase 9 (CDK9)/cyclin T1. P-TEFb is an essential regulator for the transcriptional elongation by RNA polymerase II. A genome-wide study using human embryonic stem cells shows that most mRNA synthesis is regulated at the stage of transcription elongation, suggesting a possible role for P-TEFb/HEXIM1 in the gene regulation of stem cells. In this report, we detected a marked increase in HEXIM1 protein levels in the differentiated human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) induced by LY294002 treatment. Since no changes in CDK9 and cyclin T1 were observed in the LY294002-treated cells, increased levels of HEXIM1 might lead to inhibition of P-TEFb activity. However, treatment with a potent P-TEFb inhibiting compound, flavopiridol, failed to induce hPSC differentiation, ruling out the possible requirement for P-TEFb kinase activity in hPSC differentiation. Conversely, differentiation was observed when hPSCs were incubated with hexamethylene bisacetamide, a HEXIM1 inducing reagent. The involvement of HEXIM1 in the regulation of hPSCs was further supported when overexpression of HEXIM1 concomitantly induced hPSC differentiation. Collectively, our study demonstrates a novel role of HEXIM1 in regulating hPSC fate through a P-TEFb-independent pathway.
PLoS ONE 08/2013; 8(8):e72823. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0072823 · 3.23 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The positive transcription elongation factor P-TEFb mediates the transition from transcription initiation to productive elongation by phosphorylation of the C-terminal domain of RNA polymerase II. P-TEFb is negatively regulated by the cellular protein Hexim1 (hexamethylene bisacetamide-inducible protein 1), which is highly conserved in higher eukaryotes. The C-terminal coiled-coil domain of Hexim1 recognizes the Cyclin T subunit of P-TEFb, whereas a central PYNT motif is required to inhibit the cyclin-dependent kinase Cdk9 by a yet unknown mechanism. Here, the crystal structure of the Cyclin T-binding domain (TBD) of human Hexim1 was determined at 2.1 Å resolution using a deletion mutant of three residues in its central stammer motif. The structure showed a continuous parallel coiled-coil domain of nine hepta-repeats with a preceding helix encompassing up to 15 residues. Two uncommon residues at heptad a positions in the N-terminal part of the coiled-coil structure, Lys284 and Tyr291, stabilize the preceding helix by a tight intermolecular hydrogen bond network with residues of the opposing chain. These interactions delineate a characteristic turn between both helices that is supposed to mediate binding to Cyclin T1. Stabilization of the coiled-coil domain by deletion of the stammer region was confirmed by NMR spectroscopic and backbone dynamic analyses analyzing wild-type TBD and three mutant variants. This study thus provides structural insights into the recognition of the regulator protein Hexim1 by P-TEFb and the modulation of coiled-coil dynamics by specific discontinuities.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) has pivotal role in the degradation of extracellular matrix, and thereby enhances the invasive, proliferative and metastatic potential in cancer. Knockdown of MMP-2 using MMP-2 small interfering RNA (pM) in human glioma xenograft cell lines 4910 and 5310 decreased cell proliferation compared with mock and pSV (scrambled vector) treatments, as determined by 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine incorporation, Ki-67 staining and clonogenic survival assay. Cytokine array and western blotting using tumor-conditioned media displayed modulated secretory levels of various cytokines including granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor, interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-8, IL-10, tumor necrosis factor-α, angiogenin, vascular endothelial growth factor and PDGF-BB in MMP-2 knockdown cells. Further, cDNA PCR array indicated potential negative regulation of Janus kinase/Stat3 pathway in pM-treated cells. Mechanistically, MMP-2 is involved in complex formation with α5 and β1 integrins and MMP-2 downregulation inhibited α5β1 integrin-mediated Stat3 phosphorylation and nuclear translocation. Electrophoretic mobility shift assay and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays showed inhibited Stat3 DNA-binding activity and recruitment at CyclinD1 and c-Myc promoters in pM-treated cells. In individual experiments, IL-6 or siRNA-insensitive MMP-2 overexpression by pM-FL-A141G counteracted and restored the pM-inhibited Stat3 DNA-binding activity, suggesting IL-6/Stat3 signaling suppression in pM-treated 4910 and 5310 cells. MMP-2/α5β1 binding is enhanced in human recombinant MMP-2 treatments, resulting in elevated Stat3 DNA-binding activity and recruitment on CyclinD1 and c-Myc promoters. Activation of α5β1 signaling by Fibronectin adhesion elevated pM-inhibited Stat3 phosphorylation whereas blocking α5β1 abrogated constitutive Stat3 activation. In vivo experiments with orthotropic tumor model revealed the decreased tumor size in pM treatment compared with mock or pSV treatments. Immunofluorescence studies in tumor sections corroborated our in vitro findings evidencing high expression and co-localization of MMP-2/α5β1, which is decreased upon pM treatment along with significantly reduced IL-6, phospho-Stat3, CyclinD1, c-Myc, Ki-67 and PCNA expression levels. Our data indicate the possible role of MMP-2/α5β1 interaction in the regulation of α5β1-mediated IL-6/Stat3 signaling activation and signifies the therapeutic potential of blocking MMP-2/α5β1 interaction in glioma treatment.Oncogene advance online publication, 20 February 2012; doi:10.1038/onc.2012.52.
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