The same sequence mediates activation of the human urokinase promoter by cAMP in mouse Sertoli cells and by SV40 large T antigen in COS cells

Paola Grimaldi, Raffaele Geremia, Cristina Albanesi, Pellegrino Rossi

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Abstract

Cell-specific activation by follicle-stimulating hormone and its intracellular mediator, cAMP, of the human urokinase promoter in mouse Sertoli cells requires overlapping purine-rich and GC-rich sequences between -54 and -42 from the transcriptional start site. We have previously shown that binding of unidentified nuclear factors to these sequences is induced by cAMP stimulation, and that sequences from the enhancerless SV40 replication origin can interfere with the binding, whereas consensus Sp1 binding sites are ineffective. We now show that sequences within the SV40 origin able to compete for the formation of cAMP-induced DNA-protein complexes in Sertoli cell nuclear extracts are binding sites for the SV40 large T antigen. Large T antigen expressed in COS cells binds the cAMP-responsive sequences of the human urokinase gene and transactivates the proximal promoter, thus mimicking the effect of nuclear factors induced by cAMP in Sertoli cells. We show that Egr-1 is one of the factors present in cAMP-induced DNA-protein complexes formed between the human urokinase promoter and Sertoli cell nuclear extracts. However, Egr-1 levels are similar in unstimulated and cAMP-treated Sertoli cells, suggesting that this factor interacts with a different GC-box binding factor, that we have previously shown to be strongly induced by cAMP treatment of Sertoli cells. We propose that SV40 large T antigen in COS cells can mimick the action of heterodimers formed in cAMP stimulated Sertoli cells between Egr-1 and a cell specific cAMP-induced GC-box binding factor.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-173
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Volume117
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 25 1996

Keywords

  • (Sertoli cells)
  • cAMP-dependent transcription
  • Egr-1
  • GC-rich promoter
  • Large T antigen
  • Urokinase
  • WTI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

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