Transforming growth factor β1 repression of the HLA-DRα gene is mediated by conserved proximal promoter elements

A. M. Reimold, C. J. Kara, J. W. Rooney, L. H. Glimcher

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Transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) is a pleiotropic cytokine that decreases the expression of class II MHC Ag in the melanoma cell line Hs294T(c). To investigate the mechanism of this repression, we have examined the effect of TGF-β1 on expression of the HLA-DRα gene. Both the constitutive level of HLA-DR protein and DRα mRNA were repressed by treatment with TGF-β1. The proximal 176 bp of the DRα promoter were sufficient to confer TGF-β1 repression on a reporter gene. Deletional and mutational analysis of the DRα promoter revealed that the conserved S and X1 promoter elements were important for basal expression of DRα and also mediated the down-regulation by TGF-β1. Mobility shift assays and in vivo footprinting showed no change in occupancy of the proximal DRα promoter after TGF-β1 treatment. These results identify the DNA elements that mediate repression of the HLA-DRα gene by TGF-β1 and suggest that TGF- β1 acts at these sites without causing a change in promoter occupancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4173-4182
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Immunology
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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