Interleukin-15 induces IL-12 receptor β1 gene expression through PU.1 and IRF 3 by targeting chromatin remodeling

Tipayaratn Musikacharoen, Asako Oguma, Yasunobu Yoshikai, Norika Chiba, Akio Masuda, Tetsuya Matsuguchi

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    Interleukin-12 receptor β1 (IL12RB1) is expressed on a variety of immune cells, including T and natural killer (NK) cells and macrophages, and is involved in innate and adaptive immune responses. Levels of IL12RB1 mRNA are dynamically regulated by various cytokines, including interferon-γ (IFN-γ) and IL-15. To reveal the regulatory mechanisms governing IL12RB1 gene expression, we analyzed the transcriptional regulatory region of the mouse IL12RB1 gene. Promoter analyses in a mouse macrophage cell line, RAW264.7, revealed that the 2508-bp region upstream of the transcriptional start Site is sufficient for the full transcriptional activation of the IL12RB1 gene by IFN-γ or IL-15. Analyses of the deletion mutants revealed critical roles of IRE/ISRE and ETS/PU.1 elements, to which IRF3 and PU.1, respectively, bound. Notably, chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) assays revealed IL-15 rapidly induced histone H3 acetylation at the IL12RB1 promoter. Consistently, IL-15, as a histone deacetylase inhibitor, synergistically enhanced IL12RB1 gene expression and promoter activation by IFN-γ through increased protein binding to ETS/PU.1 and IRE/ISRE sites. Additionally, IL12RB1 promoter activation by IFN-γ was enhanced by the coexpression of a coactivator protein, CBP. Thus, IL-15 induces chromatin remodeling of the IL12RB1 gene promoter, increasing IL12RB1 mRNA expression in synergy with IFN-γ through the recruitment of PU.1 and IRF3.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)711-720
    Number of pages10
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 15 2005

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Biochemistry
    • Immunology
    • Hematology
    • Cell Biology


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