Heat-shock proteins (HSP) 90 exert a relevant role in the survival and response to therapy of many neoplastic cell types. Here, we show that the promoter of hsp90alpha gene, that encodes the inducible form of HSP90, is regulated by nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) activity. Indeed, we found that NF-kappaB factors bound to one of the two putative consensus sequences present in the hsp90alpha-flanking region; mutation of such motif hampered the phorbol-myristate-13-acetate-stimulated expression of a luciferase reporter gene under the control of the hsp90alpha promoter. Furthermore, the downmodulation of NF-kappaB (p65) levels by a specific small interfering (si) RNA resulted in reducing the levels of endogenous HSP90alpha protein. These findings disclose a previously unrecognized mechanism that contributes to connect NF-kappaB factors and HSPs in cell defence machinery.

The activity of hsp90 promoter is regulated by NF-kB transcription factors.

ROSATI, ALESSANDRA;PETRELLA, Antonello;MARZULLO, Liberato;PASCALE, Maria;BELISARIO, MARIA ANTONIETTA;TURCO, Maria Caterina
2008-01-01

Abstract

Heat-shock proteins (HSP) 90 exert a relevant role in the survival and response to therapy of many neoplastic cell types. Here, we show that the promoter of hsp90alpha gene, that encodes the inducible form of HSP90, is regulated by nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) activity. Indeed, we found that NF-kappaB factors bound to one of the two putative consensus sequences present in the hsp90alpha-flanking region; mutation of such motif hampered the phorbol-myristate-13-acetate-stimulated expression of a luciferase reporter gene under the control of the hsp90alpha promoter. Furthermore, the downmodulation of NF-kappaB (p65) levels by a specific small interfering (si) RNA resulted in reducing the levels of endogenous HSP90alpha protein. These findings disclose a previously unrecognized mechanism that contributes to connect NF-kappaB factors and HSPs in cell defence machinery.
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