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Sp1 plays a critical role in the transcriptional activation of the human cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p21(WAF1/Cip1) gene by the p53 tumor suppressor protein.
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2001 (English)In: J Biol Chem, ISSN 0021-9258, Vol. 276, no 31, 29116-25 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the present study we present evidence for the critical role of Sp1 in the mechanism of transactivation of the human cell cycle inhibitor p21(WAF1/Cip1) (p21) gene promoter by the tumor suppressor p53 protein. We found that the distal p53-binding site of the p21 promoter acts as an enhancer on the homologous or heterologous promoters in hepatoma HepG2 cells. In transfection experiments, p53 transactivated the p21 promoter in HaCaT cells that express Sp1 but have a mutated p53 form. In contrast, p53 could not transactivate the p21 promoter in the Drosophila embryo-derived Schneider's SL2 cells that lack endogenous Sp1 or related factors. Cotransfection of SL2 cells with p53 and Sp1 resulted in a synergistic transactivation of the p21 promoter. Synergistic transactivation was greatly decreased in SL2 cells and HaCaT cells by mutations in either the p53-binding site or in the -82/-77 Sp1-binding site indicating functional cooperation between Sp1 and p53 in the transactivation of the p21 promoter. Synergistic transactivation was also decreased by mutations in the transactivation domain of p53. Physical interactions between Sp1 and p53 proteins were established by glutathione S-transferase pull-down and coimmunoprecipitation assays. By using deletion mutants we found that the DNA binding domain of Sp1 is required for its physical interaction with p53. In conclusion, Sp1 must play a critical role in regulating important biological processes controlled by p53 via p21 gene activation such as DNA repair, cell growth, differentiation, and apoptosis.

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2001. Vol. 276, no 31, 29116-25 p.
Keyword [en]
Animals, Base Sequence, Binding Sites, Carcinoma; Hepatocellular, Cell Line, Cloning; Molecular, Cyclins/*genetics, Drosophila melanogaster, Enzyme Inhibitors, Escherichia coli, Genes; Reporter, Genes; p53, Humans, Keratinocytes, Liver Neoplasms, Molecular Sequence Data, Mutagenesis; Site-Directed, Oligonucleotide Probes, Osteosarcoma, Promoter Regions (Genetics), Protein p53/genetics/*metabolism, Recombinant Fusion Proteins/metabolism, Recombinant Proteins/metabolism, Research Support; Non-U.S. Gov't, Trans-Activation (Genetics), Transcription Factor; Sp1/genetics/*metabolism, Transfection, Tumor Cells; Cultured
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-73643PubMedID: 11384995OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-73643DiVA: diva2:101553
Available from: 2005-06-13 Created: 2005-06-13 Last updated: 2011-01-13

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