Mouse MafA, homologue of zebrafish somite Maf 1, contributes to the specific transcriptional activity through the insulin promoter

Miwako Kajihara, Hirohito Sone, Michiyo Amemiya, Yasutake Katoh, Masashi Isogai, Hitoshi Shimano, Nobuhiro Yamada, Satoru Takahashi

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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 β-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 β 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-842
Number of pages12
JournalBiochemical and biophysical research communications
Volume312
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Dec 19

Keywords

  • Insulin
  • Maf
  • Transcription factor
  • b-Zip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology

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