Selenoprotein P expression is controlled through interaction of the coactivator PGC-1α with FoxO1a and hepatocyte nuclear factor 4α transcription factors

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  • Bodo Speckmann,

    1. Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I, Hepatology and Infectiology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
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    • This work is part of the Ph.D. thesis of B.S.

  • Philippe L. Walter,

    1. Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I, Hepatology and Infectiology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
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  • Lirija Alili,

    1. Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I, Hepatology and Infectiology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
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  • Roland Reinehr,

    1. Clinic for Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Infectiology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
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  • Helmut Sies,

    1. Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I, Hepatology and Infectiology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
    2. Institut für umweltmedizinische Forschung (IUF) gGmbH, Hepatology and Infectiology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
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    • H. Sies is a fellow of the National Foundation for Cancer Research (NFCR), Bethesda, MD

  • Lars-Oliver Klotz,

    Corresponding author
    1. Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I, Hepatology and Infectiology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
    2. Institut für umweltmedizinische Forschung (IUF) gGmbH, Hepatology and Infectiology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
    • IUF, Auf 'm Hennekamp SO, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
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  • Holger Steinbrenner

    Corresponding author
    1. Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I, Hepatology and Infectiology, Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Institute for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Duesseldorf, Universitätsstrasse 1, Geb. 22.03, D-40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
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  • Potential conflict of interest: Nothing to report.

Abstract

Selenoprotein P (SeP), the major selenoprotein in plasma, is produced mainly by the liver, although SeP expression is detected in many organs. Recently, we reported stimulation of SeP promoter activity by the forkhead box transcription factor FoxO1a in hepatoma cells and its attenuation by insulin. Here, we demonstrate that this translates into fine-tuning of SeP production and secretion by insulin. Overexpression of peroxisomal proliferator activated receptor-γ coactivator 1α (PGC-1α) enhanced the stimulatory effect of FoxO1a on SeP promoter activity. We identified a novel functional binding site for hepatocyte nuclear factor (HNF)-4α, termed hepatocyte nuclear factor binding element 1, in the human SeP promoter directly upstream of the FoxO-responsive element daf16-binding element 2 (DBE2). Point mutations in hepatocyte nuclear factor binding element 1 alone or together with DBE2 decreased basal activity and responsiveness of the SeP promoter to PGC-1α. Moreover, the PGC-1α-inducing glucocorticoid dexamethasone strongly enhanced SeP messenger RNA levels and protein secretion in cultured rat hepatocytes, whereas insulin suppressed the stimulation of both PGC-1α and SeP caused by dexamethasone treatment. In a brain-derived neuroblastoma cell line with low basal SeP expression, SeP transcription was stimulated by PGC-1α together with FoxO1a, and overexpression of HNF-4α potentiated this effect. Conclusion: High-level expression of SeP in liver is ensured by concerted action of the coactivator PGC-1α and the transcription factors FoxO1a and HNF-4α. Hence, the production of SeP is regulated similarly to that of the gluconeogenic enzyme glucose-6-phosphatase. As hepatic SeP production is crucial for selenium distribution throughout the body, the present study establishes PGC-1α as a key regulator of selenium homeostasis. (HEPATOLOGY 2008;48:1998-2006.)

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