RRC ID 30898
Author Kajihara M, Sone H, Amemiya M, Katoh Y, Isogai M, Shimano H, Yamada N, Takahashi S.
Title Mouse MafA, homologue of zebrafish somite Maf 1, contributes to the specific transcriptional activity through the insulin promoter.
Journal Biochem Biophys Res Commun
Abstract Large Maf transcription factors, which are members of the basic leucine zipper (b-Zip) superfamily, have been reported to be involved in embryonic development and cell differentiation. Previously, we isolated a novel zebrafish large Maf cDNA, somite Maf1 (SMaf1), which possesses transactivational activity within its N-terminus domain. To elucidate SMaf1 function in mammals, we tried to isolate the mouse homologue of zebrafish SMaf1. We isolated the mouse homologue of zebrafish SMaf1, which is the same molecule as the recently reported MafA. MafA mRNA was detected in formed somites, head neural tube, and liver cells in the embryos. In the adult mouse, MafA transcript was amplified in the brain, lung, spleen, and kidney by RT-PCR. MafA mRNA was also detectable in beta-cell line. Next, we analyzed the transcriptional activity of MafA using rat insulin promoters I and II (RIPI and II), since a part of RIP sequence was similar to the Maf recognition element (MARE) and MafA was expressed in pancreatic beta cells. MafA was able to activate transcription from RIPII, but not RIPI, in a dose dependent manner and the activity was dependent on RIPE3b/C1 sequences. In addition, the amount of MafA protein was regulated by glucose concentration. These results indicate that MafA is the homologue of zebrafish SMaf1 and acts as a transcriptional activator of the insulin gene promoter through the RIPE3b element.
Volume 312(3)
Pages 831-42
Published 2003-12-19
DOI 10.1016/j.bbrc.2003.10.196
PII S0006291X0302299X
PMID 14680841
MeSH Amino Acid Sequence Animals Chickens Homeodomain Proteins* Humans Insulin / genetics* Insulin / metabolism* Lectins, C-Type Maf Transcription Factors, Large Mice Mice, Inbred C57BL Molecular Sequence Data Organ Specificity Promoter Regions, Genetic / genetics Proto-Oncogene Proteins / chemistry* Proto-Oncogene Proteins / genetics Proto-Oncogene Proteins / metabolism* Receptors, Immunologic Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / chemistry* Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / genetics Saccharomyces cerevisiae Proteins / metabolism* Sensitivity and Specificity Sequence Alignment Sequence Analysis, Protein Sequence Homology, Amino Acid Somites / chemistry Somites / metabolism Tissue Distribution Trans-Activators / chemistry* Trans-Activators / genetics Trans-Activators / metabolism* Transcription Factors / chemistry* Transcription Factors / genetics Transcription Factors / metabolism* Transcriptional Activation / physiology* Xenopus Zebrafish
IF 2.985
Times Cited 54
DNA material pEFX3-FLAG-MafA (RDB07963) pEFX3-FLAG-MafB (RDB07964)