Functional cooperation between JunD and NF-κB in rat hepatocytes

Mohamed Rahmani, Philippe Péron, Jonathan Weitzman, Latifa Bakiri, Bernard Lardeux, Dominique Bernuau

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AP-1 and NF-κB are rapidly activated during liver regeneration. Whether these parallel inductions have potential functional implications is not known. Isolated rat hepatocytes were stimulated with two mitogens, epidermal growth factor or hepatocyte growth factor and with tumor necrosis factor α, a cytokine involved in the liver regenerative response in vivo and a strong inducer of NF-κB. All three cytokines increased AP-1 and NF-κB binding to their cognate cis-element and induced a 2.5-fold activation of NF-κB-dependent transcription. Inactivation of AP-1 by TAM67, a dominant negative mutant of AP-1 drastically inhibited basal and cytokine-induced NF-κB transactivation. Overexpression of Jun D, but not of the other Jun or Fos proteins increased by threefold NF-κB transactivation. Functional cooperation between JunD and p65 was demonstrated in a simple Gal-hybrid system. Finally, a twofold decrease in NF-κB transactivation was found in hepatocytes isolated from JunD-/- mice compared with hepatocytes from JunD+/+ mice. Altogether these data demonstrate a functional cooperation of p65 with JunD, a major constituent of AP-1 in normal hepatocytes.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)5132-5142
Number of pages11
Issue number37
StatePublished - 23 Aug 2001


  • AP-1
  • Hepatocytes
  • JunD
  • NF-κB
  • P65


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