Elf-1 Binds to GGAA Elements on the FcR Promoter and Represses Its Expression

Juang YT, Sumibcay L, Tolnay M, Wang Y, Kyttaris VC, Tsokos GC
Source: J Immunol
Publication Date: (2007)
Issue: 179(7): 4884-9
Research Area:
Immunotherapy / Hematology
Cells used in publication:
T cell, human peripheral blood unstim.
Species: human
Tissue Origin: blood
T cell, human stim.
Species: human
Tissue Origin: blood
Nucleofector® I/II/2b
The Fc receptor (FcR) gamma-chain has been shown to be up-regulated in T cells when the TCR zeta-chain is decreased. We demonstrate that Elf-1, but not other Ets family transcription factors, bind to a cluster of GGAA sites located within the 200 bp upstream from the transcription initiation site of the FcRgamma promoter. Forced expression of Elf-1 results in the suppression of FcRgamma expression, whereas silencing its expression with small interfering RNA Elf-1 results in increased FcRgamma expression. Elf-1 represents the first transcription factor identified to be involved in the transcriptional regulation of FcRgamma, and cells that fail to express Elf-1, as is the case with human systemic lupus erythematosus T cells, will express FcRgamma-chain.