Increased effect of interferon γ on PDGF-induced c-fos gene transcription in glomerular mesangial cells: Differential effect of the transcriptional coactivator CBP on STAT1α activation

Goutam Ghosh Choudhury, Jill M. Ricono

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Abstract

We have previously shown that interferon γ (IFNγ) synergistically increases PDGF-induced DNA synthesis in mesangial cells. To examine the mechanism, we studied its effect on PDGF-induced c-fos gene transcription using a reporter mesangial cell in which firefly luciferase gene is driven by c-fos promoter. IFNγ significantly enhanced PDGF-induced c-fos transcription. We have shown previously that PDGF-induced c-fos transcription in mesangial cells is mediated by the ternary complex factor Elk-1. Using a GAL-4 DNA binding-domain-Elk-1 transactivation domain fusion protein-based reporter assay we showed that the increased effect of IFNγ was not mediated by Elk-1 transactivation. Gel mobility shift assay of lysates of mesangial cells treated with a combination of IFNγ and PDGF using sis-inducible DNA element (SIE) showed increased STAT1α-SIE complex formation as compared to the PDGF alone. To investigate the transcriptional consequences of this observation, stable reporter mesangial cells in which luciferase gene is driven by four copies of SIE was used. IFNγ and PDGF in combination significantly increased SIE-dependent transcription as compared to PDGF or IFNγ alone. Using an antibody in the gel mobility shift assay we showed that the PDGF-induced SIE-STAT1α complex recruited the transcriptional coactivator CBP. However, the STAT1α-SIE complex formed in the presence of IFNγ and PDGF did not contain CBP. Taken together, our data provide the first evidence that the synergistic effect of IFNγ on PDGF-induced DNA synthesis may be the result of increased c-fos gene transcription via SIE. This effect occurs in the presence of increased activation of STAT1α without recruitment of the transcriptional coactivator CBP. (C) 2000 Academic Press.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1069-1077
Number of pages9
JournalBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Volume273
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 14 2000

Keywords

  • Interferon γ
  • PDGF
  • Sis-inducible element
  • c-fos

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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