Author(s): Claeyssens S, Banine F, Rouet P, Lavoinne A, Salier JP
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Abstract An increased hepatocellular hydration state (HS) that can be induced by hypotonic stress or a high glutamine uptake modulates the transcription of given genes in liver. This could be important in the acute phase (AP) of a systemic inflammation where both HS and glutamine uptake transiently increase in liver. In HepG2 hepatoma cells cultured in conditions of hypotonic stress or a high extracellular glutamine availability, a specifically decreased expression of two human mRNAs, namely those of alphal-microglobulin/bikunin precursor (AMBP) and alpha2-HS-glycoprotein, that are also down-regulated in liver by AP, could be seen. A functional analysis of the AMBP promoter indicated that this hypotonic stress-induced down-regulation takes place at a transcriptional level. In these experiments, the mRNA level and transcription of the glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase gene that are known to be unmodified in AP did not exhibit any change. Given that hypotonic stress also upregulates the transcription of a liver gene that is also upregulated in AP [Meisse et al. (1998) FEBS Lett. 422, 3463481, the AP-associated increase in hepatocellular HS now appears to participate in the transcriptional control of both sets of genes that are up- or down-regulated in AP.
This article was published in FEBS Lett
and referenced in Journal of Proteomics & Bioinformatics