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Gonadotropin-releasing hormone- induced stimulation of the rat secretogranin II promoter involves activation of CREB.

To investigate the events involved in regulation of the secretogranin II (SgII) gene, luciferase reporter constructs were transfected into gonadotrope-derived, alphaT3-1 cells. DNA between -91 and -60 relative to the transcription start site was found to be required for GnRH induced SgII reporter gene activation. This region contains a consensus cAMP response element (CRE) and disruption of this CRE reduced GnRH responsiveness of the SgII promoter. CREB was shown to bind to the SgII CRE and transfection studies with a dominant-negative CREB mutant provided evidence that CREB is required for GnRH responsiveness of the SgII promoter. An expression vector for an inhibitor of the cAMP-dependent protein kinase was found to reduce the ability of cAMP or GnRH to activate the SgII-luciferase reporter gene. These studies offer evidence that GnRH-induced activation of the SgII promoter in the alphaT3-1 cell line requires cAMP-dependent protein kinase activity and a functional CRE within the 5'-flanking region of the gene.[1]


  1. Gonadotropin-releasing hormone-induced stimulation of the rat secretogranin II promoter involves activation of CREB. Song, S.B., Rhee, M., Roberson, M.S., Maurer, R.A., Kim, K.E. Mol. Cell. Endocrinol. (2003) [Pubmed]
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