HNF4α Regulates Claudin-7 Protein Expression during Intestinal Epithelial Differentiation

Farkas, Elek Attila and Hilgarth, Roland S. and Capaldo, Christopher T. and Gerner-Smidt, Christian and Powell, Doris R. (2015) HNF4α Regulates Claudin-7 Protein Expression during Intestinal Epithelial Differentiation. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PATHOLOGY, 185 (8). pp. 2206-2218. ISSN 0002-9440

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The intestinal epithelium is a dynamic barrier that maintains the distinct environments of intestinal tissue and lumen. Epithelial barrier function is defined principally by tight junctions, which, in turn, depend on the regulated expression of claudin family proteins. Claudins are expressed differentially during intestinal epithelial cell (IEC) differentiation. However, regulatory mechanisms governing claudin expression during epithelial differentiation are incompletely understood. We investigated the molecular mechanisms regulating claudin-7 during IEC differentiation. Claudin-7 expression is increased as epithelial cells differentiate along the intestinal crypt-luminal axis. By using model IECs we observed increased claudin-7 mRNA and nascent heteronuclear RNA levels during differentiation. A screen for potential regulators of the CLDN7 gene during IEC differentiation was performed using a transcription factor/DNA binding array, CLDN7 luciferase reporters, and in silico promoter analysis. We identified hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α as a regulatory factor that bound endogenous CLDN7 promoter in differentiating IECs and stimulated CLDN7 promoter activity. These findings support a role of hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α in controlling claudin-7 expression during IEC differentiation. © 2015 American Society for Investigative Pathology.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: protein expression; promoter region; priority journal; nonhuman; MOUSE; luciferase assay; intestine epithelium cell; intestine crypt; in vitro study; computer model; Cell Differentiation; CACO 2 cell line; ARTICLE; animal cell; messenger rna; hepatocyte nuclear factor 4alpha; claudin 7
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QH Natural history / természetrajz > QH301 Biology / biológia
R Medicine / orvostudomány > RB Pathology / patológia, kórtan
Depositing User: MTMT SWORD
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 11:59
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 11:59

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