4-Phenylbutyrate stimulates Hsp70 expression through the Elp2 component of elongator and STAT-3 in cystic fibrosis epithelial cells

Laurence Suaud, Katelyn Miller, Ashley E. Panichelli, Rachel L. Randell, Catherine M. Marando, Ronald C. Rubenstein

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Sodium 4-phenylbutyrate (4PBA) corrects trafficking of ΔF508-CFTR in Cystic Fibrosis (CF) epithelia, which is hypothesized to, at least in part, result from increased expression of Hsp70 (stress-induced 70 kDa heat shock protein). To identify other 4PBA-regulated proteins that may promote correction of ΔF508 trafficking, we performed differential displayRT-PCRon mRNA from IB3-1 CF bronchiolar epithelial cells treated for 0-24 h with 1mM 4PBA. In this screen, a STAT-3 (signal transducer and activator of transcription-3)- interacting protein, StIP-1 that regulates STAT-3 activation had transiently increased expression. StIP-1 is identical to Elongator protein 2 (Elp2), a component of the Elongator complex that regulates RNA polymerase II. Previous studies have suggested that Elongator regulates Hsp70 mRNA transcription, and that the Hsp70 promoter contains functional STAT-3-binding sites.Wetherefore tested the hypothesis that 4PBA increases Hsp70 expression by an Elongator and STAT-3-dependent mechanism. 4PBA treatment of IB3-1 CF bronchiolar epithelial cells causedt ransiently increased expression of Hsp70 protein, as well as Elp2 protein and mRNA. Elp2 depletion by transfection of small interfering RNAs, reduced both Elp2 and Hsp70 protein expression. 4PBA also caused transient activation of STAT-3, and increased abundance of nuclear proteins that bind to the STAT-3-responsive element of the Hsp70 promoter. Luciferase reporter assays demonstrated that both Elp2 overexpression and 4PBA increase Hsp70 promoter activity, while Elp2 depletion blocked the ability of 4PBA to stimulate Hsp70 promoter activity. Together, these data suggest that Elp2 and STAT-3 mediate, at least in part, the stimulation of Hsp70 expression by 4PBA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45083-45092
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Biological Chemistry
Issue number52
StatePublished - Dec 30 2011


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