Overexpression of RGPR-p117 enhances regucalcin gene expression in cloned normal rat kidney proximal tubular epithelial cells
- Natsumi Sawada
- Masayoshi Yamaguchi
Published online on: December 1, 2005
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A novel protein RGPR-p117 was discovered as a regucalcin gene promoter region-related protein that binds to the TTGGC motif using a yeast one-hybrid system. Whether overexpression of RGPR-p117 can modulate gene expression in the cloned normal rat kidney proximal tubular epithelial NRK52E cells was investigated. NRK52E cells (wild-type) or HA-RGPR-p117/phCMV2-transfected NRK52E cells were cultured in Dulbecco's minimum essential medium (DMEM) containing 5% bovine serum (BS). Proliferation of NRK52E cells (wild-type) was not significantly altered by overexpression of HA-RGPR-p117. The expression of rat regucalcin, α-fetoprotein, albumin, glucokinase, 11β-hydroxy-steroid dehydrogenase, phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase, which contains TTGGC motif in the promoter region of their genes, was seen in NRK52E cells (wild-type) by using reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Of these genes, regucalcin mRNA levels were significantly enhanced in transfectants. The expression of p21 or glycero-aldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase mRNA was not significantly changed in transfectants. The results of Western blot analysis showed that regucalcin protein was significantly increased in transfectants. The enhancement of regucalcin mRNA expression in transfectants was significantly suppressed in the presence of staurosporine (10−10 M), an inhibitor of protein kinase C. This enhancement was not significantly changed in the presence of dibucaine (10−8 M), PD98059 (10−8 M) or vanadate (10−6 M). This study demonstrates that overexpression of RGPR-p117 enhances the expression of regucalcin mRNA and its protein level in NRK52E cells. RGPR-p117 may play a role as a transcriptional factor.