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Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors Up-Regulate the Expression of Tight Junction Proteins

Published inMolecular cancer research, vol. 2, no. 12, p. 692-701
Publication date2004-12-01
First online date2005-01-05

Histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors promote cell maturation, differentiation, and apoptosis through changes in gene expression. Differentiated epithelial cells are characterized by apical tight junctions (TJ), which play a role in cell-cell adhesion, polarity, and the permeability barrier function of epithelia. The relationship between cellular differentiation and expression of TJ-associated proteins is not known. Here, we investigated whether HDAC inhibitors affect the expression of TJ proteins in cultured cells by immunoblotting, immunofluorescence, and quantitative real-time, reverse transcription-PCR. We find that the HDAC inhibitor sodium butyrate significantly up-regulates the protein levels of cingulin, ZO-1, and ZO-2 in Rat-1 fibroblasts, cingulin in COS-7 cells, and cingulin and occludin in HeLa cells. Levels of mRNA for cingulin, ZO-1, and ZO-2 are also increased in sodium butyrate–treated Rat-1 fibroblasts. Up-regulation of cingulin is reversible and dose dependent and requires de novo protein synthesis and protein kinase activity, because it is inhibited by cycloheximide and by the protein kinase inhibitor H-7. Up-regulation of TJ proteins by sodium butyrate is linked to the ability of sodium butyrate to inhibit HDAC activity, because suberoylanilide hydroxamic acid, a HDAC inhibitor of a different structural class, also up-regulates cingulin, ZO-1, and ZO-2 expression in Rat-1 fibroblasts. These results indicate that cellular differentiation correlates with kinase-dependent up-regulation of the expression of specific TJ proteins.

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BORDIN, Mauro et al. Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors Up-Regulate the Expression of Tight Junction Proteins. In: Molecular cancer research, 2004, vol. 2, n° 12, p. 692–701. doi: 10.1158/1541-7786.692.2.12
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