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Tong B , Grimes HL , Yang TY , Bear SE , Qin ZH , Du KY , El-Deiry WS , Tsichlis PN
The Gfi-1B proto-oncoprotein represses p21(WAF1) and inhibits myeloid cell differentiation
Molecular and Cellular Biology. 1998 May;18(5) :2462-2473
PMID: ISI:000073197600004   
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Gfi-1 is a cellular proto oncogene that was identified as a target of provirus integration in T-cell lymphoma lines selected for interleukin-2 (IL-2) independence in culture and in primary retrovirus-induced lymphomas. Gfi-1 encodes a zinc finger protein that functions as a transcriptional repressor. Here we show that Gfi-1B, a Gfi-1 related gene expressed in bone marrow and spleen, also encodes a transcriptional repressor. IL-6-induced G(1) arrest and differentiation of the myelomonocytic cell line M1 were linked to the downregulation of Gfi-1B and the parallel induction of the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor p21(WAF1). Experiments addressing the potential mechanism of the apparent coordinate regulation of these genes revealed that Gfi-1B represses p21(WAF1) directly by binding to a high-affinity site at -1518 to -1530 in the p21(WAF1) promoter. Forced expression of Gfi-1B, but not of Gfi-1B deletion mutants lacking the repressor domain, blocked the IL-6-mediated induction of p21(WAF1) and inhibited G(1) arrest and differentiation. We conclude that Gfi-1B is a direct repressor of the p21 promoter, the first such repressor identified to date, and that sustained expression of Gfi-1B blocks IL-6-induced G(1) arrest and differentiation of M1 cells perhaps because it prevents p21(WAF1) induction by IL-6.
Times Cited: 17 English Article ZJ274 MOL CELL BIOL