The ERK1/2-hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α axis regulates human ABCC6 gene expression in hepatocytes

Hugues De Boussac, Marcin Ratajewski, Iwona Sachrajda, Gabriella Köblös, Attila Tordai, Lukasz Pulaski, László Buday, András Váradi, Tamás Arányi

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ABCC6 mutations are responsible for the development of pseudoxanthoma elasticum, a rare recessive disease characterized by calcification of elastic fibers. Although ABCC6 is mainly expressed in the liver the disease has dermatologic, ocular, and cardiovascular symptoms. We investigated the transcriptional regulation of the gene and observed that hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) inhibits its expression in HepG2 cells via the activation of ERK1/2. Similarly, other factors activating the cascade also inhibited ABCC6 expression. We identified the ERK1/2 response element in the proximal promoter by luciferase reporter gene assays. This site overlapped with a region conferring the tissue-specific expression pattern to the gene and with a putative hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α (HNF4α) binding site. We demonstrated that HNF4α regulates the expression of ABCC6, acts through the putative binding site, and determines its cell type-specific expression. We also showed that HNF4α is inhibited by the activation of the ERK1/2 cascade. In conclusion we describe here the first regulatory pathway of ABCC6 expression showing that the ERK1/2-HNF4α axis has an important role in regulation of the gene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22800-22808
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - Jul 23 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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