Foxa1 and Foxa2 interact with the androgen receptor to regulate prostate and epididymal genes differentially.

Yu X, Gupta A, Wang Y, Suzuki K, Mirosevich J, Orgebin-Crist MC, Matusik RJ
Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2005 1061: 77-93

PMID: 16467259 · DOI:10.1196/annals.1336.009

Previous studies from our group have shown that Foxa1 is expressed in the prostate and interacts with the androgen receptor (AR) to regulate prostate-specific genes such as prostate-specific antigen (PSA) and probasin (PB). We report here that Foxa2 but not Foxa1 is expressed in the epididymis. Further, Foxa2 interacts with the AR to regulate the mouse epididymal retinoic acid binding protein (mE-RABP) gene, an epididymis-specific gene. Binding of Foxa2 to the mE-RABP promoter was confirmed by gel-shift and chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assays. Overexpression of Foxa2 suppresses androgen activation of the mE-RABP promoter while overexpression of Foxa2 with prostate-specific promoters activates gene expression in an androgen-independent manner. GST pull-down assays determined that both Foxa1 and Foxa2 physically interact with the DNA binding domain of the AR. The interaction between Foxa proteins and AR was further confirmed by gel-shift assays where Foxa protein was recruited to AR binding oligomers even when Foxa binding sites were not present, and AR was recruited to Foxa binding oligomers even in the absence of an AR binding site. Given that Foxa1 and Foxa2 proteins are expressed differentially in the prostate and epididymis, these data suggest that the Foxa proteins have distinct effects on AR-regulated genes in different male reproductive accessory organs.

MeSH Terms (20)

Androgens Animals Base Sequence Binding Sites Chromatin Immunoprecipitation Epididymis Gene Expression Regulation Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 3-alpha Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 3-beta Humans Male Mice Molecular Sequence Data Promoter Regions, Genetic Prostate Prostatic Neoplasms Receptors, Androgen Receptors, Retinoic Acid Retinol-Binding Proteins, Plasma Transfection

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