Activation of the wt1 Wilms' tumor suppressor gene by NF-κB

Mohammed Dehbi, John Hiscott, Jerry Pelletier

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Abstract

The Wilm's tumor suppressor gene, wt1, is expressed in a very defined spatial-temporal fashion and plays a key role in development of the urogenital system. Trans-acting factors governing wt1 expression are poorly defined. The presence of putative κB binding sites within the wt1 gene prompted us to investigate whether members of the NF-κB/Rel family of transcription factors are involved in regulating wt1 expression. In transient transfection assays, ectopic expression of p50 and p65 subunits of NF-κB stimulated wt1 promoter activity 10-30-fold. Deletion mutagenesis revealed that NF-κB responsiveness is mediated by a short DNA fragment located within promoter proximal sequences of the major transcription start site. Two κB-binding sites are present in this region and form specific complexes with purified NF-κB proteins, as revealed by electrophoretic mobility gel shift assays. Ectopic expression of p50 and p65 resulted in increased transcription of the endogenous wt1 gene, as revealed by nuclear run-on experiments. Taken together, these results indicate that members of the NF-κB/Rel family are important for activating expression of wt1 and reside upstream of the regulatory cascade leading to wt1 activation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2033-2039
Number of pages7
JournalOncogene
Volume16
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 1998
Externally publishedYes

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Wilms' Tumor Genes
Tumor Suppressor Genes
Binding Sites
Urogenital System
Trans-Activators
Transcription Initiation Site
Electrophoretic Mobility Shift Assay
Mutagenesis
Genes
Transfection
Transcription Factors
Gels
DNA
Ectopic Gene Expression

Keywords

  • Gene regulation
  • NF-κB
  • Wilms' tumor
  • WT1

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  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics

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Dehbi, M., Hiscott, J., & Pelletier, J. (1998). Activation of the wt1 Wilms' tumor suppressor gene by NF-κB. Oncogene, 16(16), 2033-2039.

Activation of the wt1 Wilms' tumor suppressor gene by NF-κB. / Dehbi, Mohammed; Hiscott, John; Pelletier, Jerry.

In: Oncogene, Vol. 16, No. 16, 23.04.1998, p. 2033-2039.

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Dehbi, M, Hiscott, J & Pelletier, J 1998, 'Activation of the wt1 Wilms' tumor suppressor gene by NF-κB', Oncogene, vol. 16, no. 16, pp. 2033-2039.
Dehbi M, Hiscott J, Pelletier J. Activation of the wt1 Wilms' tumor suppressor gene by NF-κB. Oncogene. 1998 Apr 23;16(16):2033-2039.
Dehbi, Mohammed ; Hiscott, John ; Pelletier, Jerry. / Activation of the wt1 Wilms' tumor suppressor gene by NF-κB. In: Oncogene. 1998 ; Vol. 16, No. 16. pp. 2033-2039.
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