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Dysregulation of histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation in transforming growth factor-beta 1-induced gene expression in mesangial cells and diabetic kidney
- Dysregulation of histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation in transforming growth factor-beta 1-induced gene expression in mesangial cells and diabetic kidney
- Jia, Ye; Reddy, Marpadga A.; Das, Sadhan; Oh, Hyung Jung; Abdollahi, Maryam; Yuan, Hang; Zhang, Erli; Lanting, Linda; Wang, Mei; Natarajan, Rama
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- JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY
- JOURNAL OF BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY vol. 294, no. 34, pp. 12695 - 12707
- fibrosis; inflammation; diabetic nephropathy; epigenetics; microRNA (miRNA); transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta); Ezh2; H3K27me3; histone modifications; mesangial cells; histone methylation; histone demethylases
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- Transforming growth factor-beta 1 (TGF-beta)-induced fibrotic and inflammatory genes in renal mesangial cells (MCs) play important roles in glomerular dysfunction associated with diabetic nephropathy (DN). TGF-beta regulates gene expression in MCs by altering key chromatin histone modifications at target gene promoters. However, the role of the repressive histone H3 lysine 27 trimethylation (H3K27me3) modification is unclear. Here we show that TGF-beta reduces H3K27me3 at the Ctgf, Serpine1, and Ccl2 gene promoters in rat MCs (RMCs) and reciprocally up-regulates the expression of these pro-fibrotic and inflammatory genes. In parallel, TGF-beta down-regulates Enhancer of Zeste homolog 2 (Ezh2), an H3K27me3 methyltransferase, and decreases its recruitment at Ctgf and Ccl2 but not Serpine1 promoters. Ezh2 knockdown with siRNAs enhances TGF-beta-induced expression of these genes, supporting its repressive function. Mechanistically, Ezh2 down-regulation is mediated by TGF-beta-induced microRNA, miR-101b, which targets Ezh2 3 '-UTR. TGF-beta also up-regulates Jmjd3 and Utx in RMCs, suggesting a key role for these H3K27me3 demethylases in H3K27me3 inhibition. In RMCs, Utx knockdown inhibits hypertrophy, a key event in glomerular dysfunction. The H3K27me3 regulators are similarly altered in human and mouse MCs. High glucose inhibits Ezh2 and increases miR-101b in a TGF-beta-dependent manner. Furthermore, in kidneys from rodent models of DN, fibrotic genes, miR-101b, and H3K27me3 demethylases are up-regulated, whereas Ezh2 protein levels as well as enrichment of Ezh2 and H3K27me3 at target genes are decreased, demonstrating in vivo relevance. These results suggest that H3K27me3 inhibition by TGF-beta via dysregulation of related histone-modifying enzymes and miRNAs augments pathological genes mediating glomerular mesangial dysfunction and DN.
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