Nuclear PLCβ1 acts as a negative regulator of p45/NF-E2 expression levels in Friend erythroleukemia cells

Irene Faenza, Alessandro Matteucci, Alberto Bavelloni, Sandra Marmiroli, Alberto M. Martelli, R. Stewart Gilmour, Pann Ghill Suh, Lucia Manzoli, Lucio Cocco

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It is well established that phospholipase C (PLC) β1 plays a role in the nuclear compartment and is involved in the signalling pathway that controls the switching of the erythroleukemia cells programming from an undifferentiated to a differentiated state. Constitutive overexpression of nuclear PLCβ1 has been previously shown to inhibit Friend cells differentiation. For further characterization, we investigated the localization of PLCβ1a and PLCβ1b in Friend cells by fusing their cDNA to enhanced green fluorescent protein (GFP). To investigate the potential target of nuclear PLCβ1 in Friend differentiation, we studied the expression of p45/NF-E2 transcription factor, which is an enhancer binding protein for expression of the β-globin gene and the expression of GATA proteins that are important for the survival and differentiation of erythroid cells. Our data suggest that the overexpression of PLCβ1 (both 1a and 1b) only in the nuclear compartment significantly reduces the expression of p45/NF-E2. The effect observed is attributable to the specific action of nuclear PLCβ1 signalling given that GATA-1 and GATA-3 are not affected at all. Here we show the existence of a unique target, i.e. the transcription factor p45/NF-E2, whose expression is specifically inhibited by the nuclear signalling evoked by PLCβ1 forms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-310
Number of pages6
JournalBiochimica et Biophysica Acta - Molecular Cell Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 8 2002


  • Erythroleukemia
  • GATA family
  • Inositol lipid
  • NF-E2
  • Nucleus
  • Phospholipase Cβ

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cell Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Biophysics


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