The book of opposites: The role of the nuclear receptor co-regulators in the suppression of epidermal genes by retinoic acid and thyroid hormone receptors

Sang H. Jho, Constantinos Vouthounis, Brian Lee, Olivera Stojadinovic, Mark J. Im, Harold Brem, Ankit Merchant, Katherine Chau, Marjana Tomic-Canic

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Abstract

Transcriptional regulation by nuclear receptors occurs through complex interactions that involve DNA response elements, co-activators/co-repressors, and histone modifying enzymes. Very little is known about how molecular interplay of these components may determine tissue specificity of hormone action. We have shown previously that retinoic acid (RA) and thyroid hormone (T3) repress transcription of a specific group of epidermal keratin genes through a novel mechanism that utilizes receptors homodimers. In this paper, we have analyzed the epidermal specificity of RA/T3 action by testing the role of co-repressors and co-activators in regulation of epidermal genes. Using transient co-transfections, northern blots, antisense oligonucleotides, and a histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitor, trichostatin A, we found that in the context of specific keratin RE (KRE), co-activators and histone acetylase become co-repressors of the RA/T3 receptors in the presence of their respective ligands. Conversely, co-repressors and HDAC become co-activators of unliganded T3Rα. The receptor-co-activator interaction is intact and occurs through the NR-box. Therefore, the role of co-activator is to associate with liganded receptors whereas the KRE-receptor interaction determines specific transcriptional signal, in this case repression. This novel molecular mechanism of transcriptional repression conveys how RA and T3 target specific groups of epidermal genes, thus exerting intrinsic tissue specificity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1034-1043
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Investigative Dermatology
Volume124
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2005

Keywords

  • Co-activators
  • Co-repressors
  • Epidermal keratin genes
  • Retinoids
  • Thyroid hormone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology

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