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CpG methylation prevents YY1-mediated transcriptional activation of the vimentin promoter.
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PMID:  22005459     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Vimentin exhibits a complex pattern of tissue-specific and developmentally regulated expression, but the mechanisms underlying the complex transcriptional regulation remain poorly understood. Here we examined whether vimentin expression can be regulated by CpG methylation of the vimentin promoter. Two subclones of the rat C6 glioma cells were established with (C6vim+) and without (C6vim-) vimentin. Bisulfite genomic sequencing revealed that the vicinity of the transcription start site within the vimentin promoter is highly methylated in C6vim- cells but not in C6vim+ cells. Treatment of C6vim- cells with a demethylating agent, 5-aza-2'-deoxycytidine, restored vimentin expression, indicating that hypermethylation of the promoter region correlates with transcriptional silencing of the vimentin gene. Electrophoretic mobility shift assay (EMSA) and transient transfection experiments demonstrated that YY1 is a key transcriptional activator regulating vimentin expression and that CpG methylation is sufficient to prevent the binding of YY1 to the vimentin promoter. These data suggest that the inability of YY1 to access the hypermethylated promoter may be one of the mechanisms that mediate vimentin downregulation.
Masayuki Sekimata; Akiko Murakami-Sekimata; Yoshimi Homma
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-10-7
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biochemical and biophysical research communications     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1090-2104     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Oct 
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Created Date:  2011-10-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372516     Medline TA:  Biochem Biophys Res Commun     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Division of Theoretical Nursing and Genetics, Yamagata University School of Medicine, 2-2-2 Iida-nishi, Yamagata 990-9585, Japan.
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