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Egr-1 and RNA POL II facilitate glioma cell GDNF transcription induced by histone hyperacetylation in promoter II

Bao-Le Zhang, Ting-Wen Guo, Le-Le Gao, Guang-Quan Ji, Xiao-He Gu, Yu-Qi Shao, Rui-Qin Yao and Dian-Shuai Gao _

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Oncotarget. 2017; 8:45105-45116. https://doi.org/10.18632/oncotarget.15126

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Bao-Le Zhang1, Ting-Wen Guo1, Le-Le Gao1, Guang-Quan Ji1, Xiao-He Gu1, Yu-Qi Shao1, Rui-Qin Yao1 and Dian-Shuai Gao1

1Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Xuzhou Key Laboratory of Neurobiology, Jiangsu Key Laboratory of New Drug Research and Clinical Pharmacy, Xuzhou Medical University, Xuzhou 221004, Jiangsu, China

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Dian-Shuai Gao, email: [email protected]

Keywords: Egr-1, GDNF, RNA POL II, histone acetylation, glioma

Received: December 27, 2016     Accepted: January 25, 2017     Published: February 06, 2017


The specific mechanisms for epigenetic regulation of gene transcription remain to be elucidated. We previously demonstrated that hyperacetylation of histone H3K9 in promoter II of glioma cells promotes high transcription of the glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) gene. This hyperacetylation significantly enhanced Egr-1 binding and increased the recruitment of RNA polymerase II (RNA POL II) to that region (P < 0.05). Egr-1 expression was abnormally increased in C6 glioma cells. Further overexpression of Egr-1 significantly increased Egr-1 binding to GDNF promoter II, while increasing RNA POL II recruitment, thus increasing GDNF transcription (P < 0.01). When the acetylation of H3K9 in the Egr-1 binding site was significantly reduced by the histone acetyltransferase (HAT) inhibitor curcumin, binding of Egr-1 to GDNF promoter II, RNA POL II recruitment, and GDNF mRNA expression were significantly downregulated (P < 0.01). Moreover, curcumin attenuated the effects of Egr-1 overexpression on Egr-1 binding, RNA POL II recruitment, and GDNF transcription (P < 0.01). Egr-1 and RNA POL II co-existed in the nucleus of C6 glioma cells, with overlapping regions, but they were not bound to each other. In conclusion, highly expressed Egr-1 may be involved in the recruitment of RNA POL II in GDNF promoter II in a non-binding manner, and thereby involved in regulating GDNF transcription in high-grade glioma cells. This regulation is dependent on histone hyperacetylation in GDNF promoter II.

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