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Identification of the human zinc transcriptional regulatory element (ZTRE): a palindromic protein-binding DNA sequence responsible for zinc-induced transcriptional repression

Lookup NU author(s): Lisa Coneyworth, Dr Kelly Jackson, Dr John Tyson, Dr Helen Bosomworth, Eline van der Hagen, Ogo Ogo, Professor John Mathers, Professor Ruth Valentine, Professor Dianne Ford


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Many genes with crucial roles in zinc homeostasis in mammals respond to fluctuating zinc supply through unknown mechanisms, and uncovering these mechanisms is essential to understanding the process at cellular and systemic levels. We detected zinc-dependent binding of a zinc-induced protein to a specific sequence, the ZTRE, in the SLC30A5 (zinc transporter ZnT5) promoter and showed that substitution of the ZTRE abrogated the repression of a reporter gene in response to zinc. We identified the ZTRE in other genes including (through an un-biased search) the CBWD genes and (through targeted analysis) in multiple members of the SLC30 family including SLC30A10, which is repressed by zinc. The function of the CBWD genes is currently unknown, but roles for homologs in metal homeostasis are being uncovered in bacteria. We demonstrated that CBWD genes are repressed by zinc and that substitution of the ZTRE in SLC30A10 and CBWD promoter-reporter constructs abrogates this response. Other metals did not affect expression of the transcriptional regulator, binding to the ZTRE or promoter-driven reporter gene expression. These findings provide the basis for elucidating how regulation of a network of genes through this novel mechanism contributes to zinc homeostasis and for how the cell orchestrates this response.

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Author(s): Coneyworth LJ, Jackson KA, Tyson J, Bosomworth HJ, vanderHagen E, Hann GM, Ogo OA, Swann DC, Mathers JC, Valentine RA, Ford D

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Biological Chemistry

Year: 2012

Volume: 287

Issue: 43

Pages: 36567-36581

Print publication date: 17/08/2012

ISSN (print): 0021-9258

ISSN (electronic): 1067-8816

Publisher: American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc.


DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M112.397000

PubMed id: 22902622


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Human Nutrition Research Centre, Newcastle University
Medical Research Council
Tertiary Education Trust through Benue State University, Makurdi, Nigeria
BB/D01669X/2Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
BB/F019637/1Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council