Inhibition of hSP-B promoter in respiratory epithelial cells by a dominant negative retinoic acid receptor

Manely Ghaffari, Jeffrey A. Whitsett, Cong Yan

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Retinoic acid (RA) receptors (RARs) belong to the nuclear hormone receptor superfamily and play important roles in lung differentiation, growth, and gene regulation. Surfactant protein (SP) B is a small hydrophobic protein synthesized and secreted by respiratory epithelial cells in the lung. Expression of the SP-B gene is modulated at the transcriptional and posttranscriptional levels. In the present work, immunohistochemical staining revealed that RAR-α is present on day 14.5 of gestation in the fetal mouse lung. To assess whether RAR is required for SP-B gene transcription, a dominant negative mutant human (h) RAR-α403 was generated. The hRAR-α403 mutant was transcribed and translated into the truncated protein product by reticulocyte lysate in vitro. The mutant retained DNA binding activity in the presence of retinoid X receptor-γ to an RA response element in the hSP-B promoter. When transiently transfected into pulmonary adenocarcinoma epithelial cells (H441 cells), the mutant hRAR-α403 was readily detected in the cell nucleus. Cotransfection of the mutant hRAR-α403 repressed activity of the hSP-B promoter and inhibited RA-induced surfactant proprotein B production in H441 cells, supporting the concept that RAR is required for hSP-B gene transcription in vitro.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)L398-L404
JournalAmerican Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Issue number3 20-3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1999
Externally publishedYes


  • Human surfactant protein B
  • Lung development
  • Nuclear receptors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physiology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Physiology (medical)
  • Cell Biology

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