Identification and analysis of prophet of Pit-1-binding sites in human Pit-1 gene.

Abstract

Prophet of Pit-1 (Prop1) is a transcription factor that regulates Pit-1 gene expression. Because Pit-1 regulates the differentiation of pituitary cells and the expressions of GH, prolactin and TSHbeta genes, Prop1 mutation results in combined pituitary hormone deficiency in humans. However, Prop1-binding sites in human Pit-1 gene and the mechanism leading to combined pituitary hormone deficiency have remained unclear. In this study, we identified and analyzed Prop1-binding elements of the human Pit-1 gene. Prop1 stimulated the expression of the reporter plasmid containing Pit-1 gene from translation start site to -1340 dose dependently in GH3 cells. The activation by Prop1 was observed in GH3 and TtT/GF cells but not COS7, HeLa, JEG3, and HuH7 cells. Deletion analysis of Pit-1 gene showed that the Prop1-responsive elements were present within the -257-bp region. Within the -257-bp region, there are four elements similar to consensus sequence of paired-like transcription factors. Because Prop1 is a member of paired-like transcription factors, we assessed the elements. EMSA and transient transfection assay using the mutation of the elements revealed that the element from -63 to -53 (the proximal Prop1 binding element) was essential to Prop1-binding and Prop1-induced activation of Pit-1 reporter plasmid. A region at -8kb of human Pit-1 gene is similar to the distal region containing Prop1-binding elements in mouse Pit-1 gene. We showed the region functioned as an enhancer. Furthermore, chromatin immunoprecipitation assay showed that the proximal element could bind Prop1 in vivo cultured cells. Taken together, these findings indicated the novel functioning binding elements of Prop1 in human Pit-1 gene.

DOI: 10.1210/en.2008-0030

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@article{Ikeshita2008IdentificationAA, title={Identification and analysis of prophet of Pit-1-binding sites in human Pit-1 gene.}, author={Nobuko Ikeshita and Mayuko Kawagishi and Hiromi Shibahara and Keizo Toda and Tomoe Yamashita and Daisuke Yamamoto and Yuka Sugiyama and Genzo Iguchi and Keiji Iida and Yutaka Takahashi and Hidesuke Kaji and Kazuo Chihara and Yasuhiko Okimura}, journal={Endocrinology}, year={2008}, volume={149 11}, pages={5491-9} }