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Identification of Glucocorticoid Response Element of the Rat TRH gene

Lee, Gyu-Chun    (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, KyungHee University, Seoul, Korea   ); Yang, In-Myung    (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, KyungHee University, Seoul, Korea   ); Kim, Byoung-Joon    (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, KyungHee University, Seoul, Korea   ); Woo, Jeong-Taek    (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, KyungHee University, Seoul, Korea   ); Kim, Sung-Woon    (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, KyungHee University, Seoul, Korea   ); Kim, Jin-Woo    (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, KyungHee University, Seoul, Korea   ); Kim, Young-Seol    (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, KyungHee University, Seoul, Korea   ); Choi, Young-kil    (Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, KyungHee University, Seoul, Korea  );
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    Objectives It was suggested that glucocorticoid exerts cell-specific effects on thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) gene expression at the transcriptional level. Althought there is no typical palindromic glucocorticoid response element (GRE) on the rat TRH gene promoter, a perfect GRE half-site is found between −205 bp and −211 bp. We investigated whether the segment between −242 bp and −200 bp of the rat TRH gene promoter is responsible for glucocorticoid response. Methods For the 5′ deletion study of the TRH gene, four differnt plasmid constructs, pTRH(−554/84), pTRH(−242/84), pTRH(−200/6), pTRH(−113/84) were used for transient transfection study. The plasmid pMAMneo-LUC was used as a positive control and pRSV-GR expression vector, as a co-transfection study. Transfection was performed by the modified calcium precipitation method with 2 μg of each lasmid on the HeLa cells. Results Dexamethasone (DEX) stimulated the transcriptional activity of pTRH(−554/84)-LUC and pTRH(−242/84)-LUC by approximately 3.2 fold at 10 −8 M and 5.4 fold at 10 −6 M. On the contrary, deletion of the region between −242 to −200 bp reduced the basal transcriptional activity by 90% and also completely abolished the DEX-induced transcriptional activation of the luciferase gene. The DEX-induced transcriptional activation of pTRH(−242/84)-LUC was in dose-dependent manner. While the co-transfection of glucocorticoid receptor expression vector (pRSV-GR) did not increase the basal transcriptional activity of pMAMneo-LUC, it increased the basal transcription of pTRH(−242/84)-LUC by 1.8 fold. The pRSV-GR co-transfection and DEX tratment further increased the transcription of pTRH(−242/84)-LUC by 2–4 fold at the concentration of 10 −8 M. Conclusion These findings suggest that a cis-acting element(s) which is important for the basal transcriptional activation and glucocorticoid response of the rat TRH gene is located between −242 bp and −200 bp. The gene has a weak GRE glucocorticoid response and seems to be mediated by an interaction between glucocorticoid receptor and other transcriptional factor (s).


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    TRH promoter .   GRE .   Transcription factors .   HeLa cells .   Transfection.  

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