Regulation of the rapsyn promoter by Kaiso and δ-catenin

Marianna Rodova, Kevin F. Kelly, Michael VanSaun, Juliet M. Daniel, Michael J. Werle

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Abstract

Rapsyn is a synapse-specific protein that is required for clustering acetylcholine receptors at the neuromuscular junction. Analysis of the rapsyn promoter revealed a consensus site for the transcription factor Kaiso within a region that is mutated in a subset of patients with congenital myasthenic syndrome. Kaiso is a POZ-zinc finger family transcription factor which recognizes the specific core consensus sequence CTGCNA (where N is any nucleotide). Previously, the only known binding partner for Kaiso was the cell adhesion cofactor, p120 catenin. Here we show that δ-catenin, a brain-specific member of the p120 catenin subfamily, forms a complex with Kaiso. Antibodies against Kaiso and δ-catenin recognize proteins in the nuclei of C2C12 myocytes and at the postsynaptic domain of the mouse neoromuscular junction. Endogenous Kaiso in C2C12 cells coprecipitates with the rapsyn promoter in vivo as shown by chromatin immunoprecipitation assay. Minimal promoter assays demonstrated that the rapsyn promoter can be activated by Kaiso and δ-catenin; this activation is apparently muscle specific. These results provide the first experimental evidence that rapsyn is a direct sequence-specific target of Kaiso and δ-catenin. We propose a new model of synapse-specific transcription that involves the interaction of Kaiso, δ-catenin, and myogenic transcription factors at the neuromuscular junction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7188-7196
Number of pages9
JournalMolecular and cellular biology
Volume24
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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