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Transcriptional regulation of the human prostatic acid phosphatase gene : tissue-specific and androgen-dependent regulation of the promoter constructs in cell lines and transgenic mice

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Author: Shan, Jingdong1,2,3
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Medicine, Research Center for Molecular Endocrinology
2University of Oulu, Faculty of Medicine, WHO Collaborating Centre for Research on Reproductive Health
3University of Oulu, Biocenter Oulu
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Language: English
Published: 2002
Publish Date: 2002-08-09
Thesis type: Doctoral Dissertation
Defence Note: Academic Dissertation to be presented with the assent of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oulu, for public discussion in the Auditorium 9 of the University Hospital of Oulu, on August 9th, 2002, at 12 noon.
Reviewer: Docent Pekka Kallio
M.D., Ph.D. Sari Mäkelä


Human prostatic acid phosphatase (hPAP) was the first laboratory parameter used for prostate cancer diagnosis, whereas the mechanisms behind the androgen regulation and tissue-specific expression of this prostate epithelium-specific differentiation antigen are not yet clear.

In this study, a transient transfection model and transgenic animal model have been set up for functional analysis of the promoter and first intron region of the hPAP gene. The promoter constructs covering the region-734/+467 of the gene were functional in both prostatic and nonprostatic cells. Although hPAP constructs included two putative AREs with in vitro AR-binding ability at -178 and +336, androgen treatment had little effect on the promoter activity of the gene in transiently transfected cells. The hPAP fragment -734/+467 could trigger the expression of the CAT reporter gene and restrict the expression mainly in the prostates of transgenic mice.

The DNA-binding site with the sequence GAAAATATGATA of a regulatory protein involved in prostate-specific and androgen receptor-dependent gene expression was identified from rPB promoter. The exact same 12 bp sequence was found in the first intron +1144/+1155 of the hPAP gene. Five homologous sequence, A, B, C, D and E, were located in the -734/+467 region of the hPAP gene, where site C and E could bind the regulatory protein in EMSA. Deletion of site C decreased the transcriptional activities significantly compared to those of corresponding wild-type constructs in LNCaP cells when androgens were present. Deletion of site E or both sites D and E increased the promoter activity in LNCaP when androgens were absent.

In conclusion, androgens could not directly regulate hPAP expression via receptor-binding to the AREs in LNCaP cells. The promoter and first intron fragment -734/+467 of the hPAP gene could direct and restrict the gene expression mainly in prostate epithelium. A prostatic regulatory protein binds to multiple sites with the GAAAATATGATA or homologous sequences along the regulatory areas of the hPAP gene with different affinities, modulating the prostate-specific expression of the gene in a bidirectional manner, depending on the hormone status.

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Series: Acta Universitatis Ouluensis. D, Medica
ISSN-E: 1796-2234
ISBN: 951-42-6762-1
ISBN Print: 951-42-6761-3
Issue: 687
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