Structural and functional analysis of the related transcriptional enhancer factor-1 and NF-B interaction. Academic Article uri icon


  • The related transcriptional enhancer factor-1 (RTEF-1) increases gene transcription of hypoxia-inducible factor 1 (HIF-1) and enhances angiogenesis in endothelium. Both hypoxia and inflammatory factor TNF- regulate gene expression of HIF-1, but how RTEF-1 and TNF- coordinately regulate HIF-1 gene transcription is unclear. Here, we found that RTEF-1 interacts with p65 subunit of NF-B, a primary mediator of TNF-. RTEF-1 increased HIF-1 promoter activity, whereas expression of p65 subunit inhibited the stimulatory effect. By contrast, knockdown of p65 markedly enhanced RTEF-1 stimulation on the HIF-1 promoter activity (7-fold). A physical interaction between RTEF-1 and p65 was confirmed by coimmunoprecipitation experiments in cells and glutathione S-transferase (GST)-pull-down assays. A computational analysis of RTEF-1 crystal structures revealed that a conserved surface of RTEF-1 potentially interacts with p65 via four amino acid residues located at T347, Y349, R351, and Y352. We performed site-directed mutagenesis and GST-pull-down assays and demonstrated that Tyr352 (Y352) in RTEF-1 is a key site for the formation of RTEF-1 and p65-NF-B complex. An alanine mutation at Y352 of RTEF-1 disrupted the interaction of RTEF-1 with p65. Moreover, expression of RTEF-1 decreased TNF--induced HIF-1 promoter activity, IL-1, and IL-6 mRNA levels in cells; however, the effect of RTEF-1 was largely lost when Y352 was mutated to alanine. These results indicate that RTEF-1 interacts with p65-NF-B through Y352 and that they antagonize each other for HIF-1 transcriptional activation, suggesting a novel mechanism by which RTEF-1 regulates gene expression, linking hypoxia to inflammation.

published proceedings

  • Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol

author list (cited authors)

  • Ma, J., Zhang, L. i., Tipton, A. R., Wu, J., Messmer-Blust, A. F., Philbrick, M. J., ... Guo, S.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Ma, Jieliang||Zhang, Li||Tipton, Aaron R||Wu, Jiaping||Messmer-Blust, Angela F||Philbrick, Melissa J||Qi, Yajuan||Liu, Song-Tao||Liu, Hongsheng||Li, Jian||Guo, Shaodong

publication date

  • January 2014