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A role for basic transcription element-binding protein 1 (BTEB1) in the autoinduction of thyroid hormone receptor beta

Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109, USA.
Journal of Biological Chemistry (Impact Factor: 4.6). 02/2008; 283(4):2275-85. DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M709306200
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ABSTRACT Thyroid hormone (T(3)) induces gene regulation programs necessary for tadpole metamorphosis. Among the earliest responses to T(3) are the up-regulation of T(3) receptor beta (TRbeta; autoinduction) and BTEB1 (basic transcription element-binding protein 1). BTEB1 is a member of the Krüppel family of transcription factors that bind to GC-rich regions in gene promoters. The proximal promoter of the Xenopus laevis TrbetaA gene has seven GC-rich sequences, which led us to hypothesize that BTEB1 binds to and regulates TrbetaA. In tadpoles and the frog fibroblast-derived cell line XTC-2, T(3) up-regulated Bteb1 mRNA with faster kinetics than TrbetaA, and Bteb1 mRNA correlated with increased BTEB1 protein expression. BTEB1 bound to GC-rich sequences in the proximal TrbetaA promoter in vitro. By using chromatin immunoprecipitation assay, we show that BTEB1 associates with the TrbetaA promoter in vivo in a T(3) and developmental stage-dependent manner. Induced expression of BTEB1 in XTC-2 cells caused accelerated and enhanced autoinduction of the TrbetaA gene. This enhancement was lost in N-terminal truncated mutants of BTEB1. However, point mutations in the zinc fingers of BTEB1 that destroyed DNA binding did not alter the activity of the protein on TrbetaA autoinduction, suggesting that BTEB1 can function in this regard through protein-protein interactions. Our findings support the hypothesis that BTEB1 associates with the TrbetaA promoter in vivo and enhances autoinduction, but this action does not depend on its DNA binding activity. Cooperation among the protein products of immediate early genes may be a common mechanism for driving developmental signaling pathways.

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