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Activation of human monoamine oxidase B gene expression by a protein kinase C MAPK signal transduction pathway involves c-Jun and Egr-1

Wai K Wong, Xiao-Ming Ou, Kevin Chen, Jean C Shih
Journal of Biological Chemistry 2002 June 21, 277 (25): 22222-30
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Monoamine oxidases (MAO) A and B deaminate a number of biogenic amines. Aberrant expression of MAO is implicated in several psychiatric and neurogenerative disorders. In this study, we have shown that phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) increases human MAO B, but not MAO A, gene expression. The sequence between -246 and -225 bp consists of overlapping binding sites (Sp1/Egr-1/Sp1) that are recognized by Sp1, Sp3, and PMA-inducible Egr-1 is essential for PMA activation. PMA transiently increases egr-1 and c-jun gene expression. Mutation studies show that Egr-1 and c-Jun transactivate the MAO B promoter and increase endogenous MAO B transcripts via the Sp1/Egr-1/Sp1 overlapping binding sites. Sp3 inhibits Sp1 and Egr-1 activation of MAO B gene expression. c-fos gene expression was increased by PMA but not involved in MAO B gene transcription. Furthermore, protein kinase C inhibitor blocks the PMA-dependent activation of MAO B. Co-transfection of the MAO B promoter with dominant negative forms of Ras, Raf-1, MEKK1, MEK1, MEK3, MEK7, ERK2, JNK1, and p38/RK inhibit the PMA-dependent activation of the MAO B promoter. These results indicate that MAO B expression is selectively induced by the activation of protein kinase C and MAPK signaling pathway and that c-Jun and Egr-1 appear to be the ultimate targets of this regulation.

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