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PARP-1 determines specificity in a retinoid signaling pathway via direct modulation of mediator.

Department of Biochemistry, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, 683 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854, USA.
Molecular Cell (Impact Factor: 14.46). 05/2005; 18(1):83-96. DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2005.02.034
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ABSTRACT We show that PARP-1 is indispensable to retinoic acid receptor (RAR)-mediated transcription from the RARbeta2 promoter in a highly purified, reconstituted transcription system and that RA-inducible expression of all RARbeta isoforms is abrogated in PARP-1(-/-) cells in vivo. Importantly, PARP-1 activity was independent of its catalytic domain. PARP-1 directly interacts with RAR and Mediator. Chromatin immunoprecipitation experiments confirmed the presence of PARP-1 and Mediator on RAR-responsive promoters in vivo. Importantly, Mediator was inactive (Cdk8+) under basal conditions but was activated (Cdk8-) upon induction. However, in PARP-1(-/-) cells, Mediator was retained in its inactive state (Cdk8+) upon induction consistent with the absence of gene expression. PARP-1 became dispensable for ligand-dependent transcription in a chromatin reconstituted transcription assay when Mediator was devoid of the Cdk8 module (CRSP). PARP-1 appears to function as a specificity factor regulating the RA-induced switch of Mediator from the inactive (Cdk8+) to the active (Cdk8-) state in RAR-dependent transcription.

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